Social Entrepreneurship (IBUS6016)


Social entrepreneurs are committed to furthering a social mission through enterprises that rank social, environmental or cultural impact on a par with, or even above, profit. Intersecting the business and not-for profit worlds, social entrepreneurship addresses many complex local and global problems. This unit will critically introduce the concept and develop frameworks for understanding social entrepreneurship (also referred to as social enterprise and social innovation). Teaching and learning will utilise case studies, and include the opportunity to apply real-world experiences. Topics will include creating innovative social enterprises, sustainable business models, philanthropy and funding, impact assessment, and leadership. The unit is structured around your learning from engaged practice, and requires you to work with social enterprises.

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1x 2hr lecture per week and 1x 1hr reading and/or case per week for 12 weeks


individual assignments (55%), group assignment (30%) and group presentation (15%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge: IBUS5002, or completion of at least 24 credit points

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