Social and Community Entrepreneurship
Social and Community Entrepreneurship
Course code: MGT4058
Course credits: 15
Taught: Semester 2
Course co-ordinator: Professor Colin Mason
Entry requirements: Normally admission to an honours programme in Business & Management
Available to visiting students: Yes
Contact for more information: Cherisse McLaren
This course aims to introduce students to the interdisciplinary nature of social enterprise by critically examining the contributions of social entrepreneurs to both local and international communities. The course will engage students in analysing a variety of social initiatives carried out by different kinds of organizations ranging from Corporate Social Responsibility of multi-national corporations to small, community-based organizations. The course will explore how the concept of social entrepreneurship applies to both developed and developing countries.
To provide students with an understanding of:
- The nature of social and community enterprises, what they are, why they exist and the reasons for the recent growth in social entrepreneurship
- the different types of social enterprises
- the backgrounds, skill sets and motivations of social and community entrepreneurs
- the different theoretical approaches to social and community entrepreneurship
- the skills and resource requirements which enable the development and growth of social and community ventures.
- the concept of social entrepreneurship applied to developing and developed context
- what contributions that governments might make to the growth and sustainability of social and community entrepreneurs
Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course students will:
- Understand what social and community entrepreneurship is and the reasons for its growth.
- Be able to distinguish between concepts, practices and processes of social and community entrepreneurship.
- Understand how the key entrepreneurial concepts of opportunity identification, evaluation and exploitation are used within a social and community context.
- Understand the challenges that social and community enterprises face in achieving sustainability, and specifically how certain resources, for example, social capital, can either facilitate or constrain the development of social and community entrepreneurship.
Learning and teaching methods
Lectures: 2hrs x 10 weeks
Please refer to MyCampus for timetable.
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3 Individual Assignments (2500 words), Equal Weighting.