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SIEN3001: Social Entrepreneurship

Social enterprises use business solutions to make a positive impact on the world. Oftentimes for-profit entities, they make money by solving social problems. Through working on a local project with social entrepreneurs, this unit provides students with the opportunity to learn how to apply their business knowledge and skills to address complex social and environmental problems such as those described in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Social entrepreneurs are committed to furthering a social mission and rank social, environmental or cultural impact on a par with, or even above, profit. At the intersection of business and not-for-profit organisations, these social entrepreneurs are now visible and having an impact on a global scale. This unit is structured around engaged inquiry-based learning, providing students with the opportunity to learn from theory and practice. Topics include critically reviewing concepts, challenges of growing a social enterprise, frameworks for understanding, sourcing funds from a variety of stakeholders, understanding and measuring social impact, as well as collaboration and leadership.

Code SIEN3001
Academic unit Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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Completion of 48 credit points
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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IBUS3108

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify and evaluate social entrepreneurship opportunities
  • LO2. Develop a strategy for a social enterprise
  • LO3. Prepare and present documentation to secure stakeholder support
  • LO4. Cultivate an empathetic mindset required of a successful social entrepreneur
  • LO5. Critically reflect on social entrepreneurship theory and practice

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.