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This course is an introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and how it can help communities. It will explore both the theory and practical applications of social entrepreneurship.
Relationship to Other CoursesThe course is suitable for any major.WorkloadThe workload is 150 hours. This includes attending lectures, reading text and articles, and doing the project.
GOAL 1 - Graduates can demonstrate advanced knowledge of their selected subject major, informed by the broader context of Commerce;A. Expose the students to the pervasiveness and complexity of social needs and how those un-met needs create entrepreneurial opportunities.B. Define social enterprise and how it differs from profit seeking entrepreneurship. C. Expose students to the entrepreneurship method and how it can be applied to help address social problems. D. Explore why and how social entrepreneurship has become a necessity in many nations as government and other traditional social institutions have been unable to achieve their traditional duty of care to society. GOAL 2 - Graduates are able to use analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to address specific problems; A. Provide the tools and conceptual frameworks to understand entrepreneurial opportunities in the social sector. Including:i. Effectuation.ii. Value Analysisiii. Opportunity assessment in social enterprises B. Understand the challenges in measuring economic and social performance and how economic performance is different in social enterprises than in profit seeking enterprise.GOAL 3 - Graduates can understand issues from a range of ethical, global and multicultural perspectives; A. Introduce an appreciation of regulatory challenges faced by social entrepreneurs. B. Introduce an appreciation for the cultural and ethical issued faced in social enterprise. GOAL 4- Graduates are able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form.A. Student teams will conduct a project in this class that includes both a written report and an oral presentation. The student team will have the choice of:i. Conducting a management assessment of a local social enterprise to provide pro-bono consulting, orii. Social enterprise business concept. Students are expected to become conversant with all materials discussed in lectures, supplied as hand-outs or identified in course readings.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 90 points at 200-level orabove
For further information see
Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Head of Department
Group assignment (Due in class: Week 5 — Friday, 16th August by 5.00 p.m.) 25%Over weeks 3 and 4, students (in groups of two) are expected to embark on a social enterprise opportunity exploration exercise. You identify a social need/problem, for a given theme, and explore how this can be served/solved through social entrepreneurship. On week 5, student pairs pitch their enterprise to the class using maximum of 3 slides in 3 minutes and submit a written report. Your pitch should include a clear proposed enterprise idea. The class votes for the best enterprise ideas and these best ideas will be used for the final (group) projects.Your brief written report should clearly explain WHAT the need/opportunity is; WHY it needs to be addressed and HOW a social enterprise approach can address this situation. Out of the total 25% marks, • 20% has been allocated for the written report, and• 5% has been allocated for the pitch.Team project and presentation (Week 10 and 11) 50%Based on the projects identified (on week 5), student teams develop a business plan. Students can form their own project teams based on individual interests and expertise (maximum of six students per group).The team project has two assessed components: a) an oral presentation, b) written report. You should use one of the Business Model Canvases and explain the different elements according to the project idea. The business plan is presented to the class to obtain feedback on week 10. Then by incorporating the feedback, the final written report needs to be submitted by week 11. Out of the total 50% marks, • 35% has been allocated for the written report, and• 15% has been allocated for the presentation.Individual essay (Week 12) 25%Reflecting on one of the class activities (such as the guest lecture or the field visit), you will be asked to write an essay. The topic for the individual essay will be given during week 9. The final essay is due on week 12. GradingThe marks for assessments may be scaled before a final grade is determined. You should not regard 50% as a pass mark.
Selected chapters from the following text will also be used as reading materials: Ridley-Duff, R. & Bull. M. (2019), Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice (3rd ed), Sage Publications Ltd.Please obtain your own copy of the articles and the text.
Coversheets - Group and Individual
Class RepresentativeA class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.Departmental Academic PoliciesThe Department assumes that you have read this document.You should also read the General Course and Examination RegulationsDishonest PracticeThe University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty. All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.
Domestic fee $806.00
International fee $3,513.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.