MGMT343-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Social Entrepreneurship

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


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 Courses
The course is suitable for any major.

The workload is 150 hours. This includes attending lectures, reading text and articles, and doing the project.

Learning Outcomes

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 Analysis
iii. 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, or
ii. 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.

University Graduate Attributes

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.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

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 or


MGMT 321

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Nadeera Ranabahu


Sussie Morrish


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Individual Assignment 07 Aug 2020 25% Individual Assignment
Individual Essay 25 Sep 2020 25% Individual Essay
Team project and presentation 16 Oct 2020 50% Team project and presentation

Individual assignment (Due on Week 5 — Friday, 7th August by 5.00 p.m.) 25%
Over weeks 1 to 3, students 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 need/problem can be served/solved through social entrepreneurship. Then, you need to develop a video and write a report on the opportunity.

Your video should include a clear proposed enterprise idea. The video length is 2 minutes and it needs to be uploaded to the relevant forum on Learn before the lecture on week 4.   During the lecture, the class votes for the best enterprise ideas and these best ideas will be used for the final (group) projects.

Your 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. Your report is due on 7th August.

Out of the total 25% marks,
• 10% has been allocated for the video, and
• 15% has been allocated for the written report.

Individual essay (Week 9) 25%
Depending on your interests and area of expertise, students are expected to interview a social entrepreneur or an individual engaged in social entrepreneurial activities (e.g., funder, trainer, consultant, policymaker, technology provider, etc.). Then you are expected to write an essay on the interviewee’s social entrepreneurial journey, opportunities and challenges. Note that you need to submit the audio recording with your written essay.

Further information on how to conduct the interview will be provided during the class.

Team project and presentation (Week 12) 50%
Based on the projects identified (on week 4), student teams develop a business plan. Students can form their own project teams based on individual interests and expertise.
The team project has two assessed components: a) an oral presentation, b) written report. In your project report, you should use one of the Business Model Canvases and explain the different elements. A summary of the report should be presented on week 12.

Out of the total 50% marks,
• 35% has been allocated for the written report, and
• 15% has been allocated for the presentation.

Cover sheets MUST be used on all assignments/essays. These can be downloaded by following this link:

The marks for assessments may be scaled before a final grade is determined. You should not regard 50% as a pass mark.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Text:  Beugré, C. (2017). Social Entrepreneurship. New York: Routledge,

Any other relevant articles under each topic will be available on LEARN.
Please obtain your own copy of the articles and the text.


Class Representative
A 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 Policies
The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The 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.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $3,688.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

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