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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.
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.
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
Students must attend one activity from each section.
For further information see
Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Head of Department
Cover sheets MUST be used on all assignments/essays. These can be downloaded by following this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/oexp-business-and-law/business-documents/forms/Coversheet-Individual.pdfGradingThe 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 $831.00
International fee $3,875.00
* 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.