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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

This subject gives students an opportunity to learn all about how to build a social enterprise. The traditional lines between private, public and non-profit sectors are being blurred by the emergence of social enterprise and shared value. That is, social entrepreneurs are finding ways to build impact models that either break even financially, or even make profit. They have done so by engaging innovative business models to solve social and environmental problems on local and global levels. With social enterprise emerging, this subject gives students the opportunities to learn about it by practical application. Students study these themes within the context of working in teams on applying a process to build a real social enterprise. At the end of the unit students have developed a working knowledge of the ideas of problem space identification, design thinking, lean startup and the business model canvas. This subject is primarily practical: students will be required to “get out of the building” and actually speak to a range of real people, and conduct real experiments to design a social enterprise that actually addresses a social issue in Australia

Unit content

The changing social landscape

What is a social enterprise?

Understanding Social Entrepreneurs

Business Model Design & Social Enterprise Types

Understanding Need

Ideation & Preliminary Business Model Mapping

Customer Validation & Product-Market Fit

The Startup Journey

Impact Measurement

Startup Financial Modelling

Pitching for Support

The Way Forward

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Explain what a social enterprise is, and understand the place that social enterprise plays in the changing social landscape in Australia
2 Demonstrate increased self-awareness with relation to the behaviours, traits and attitudes required of a social entrepreneur
3 Develop critical research, teamwork and communication skills necessary for social entrepreneurship study and practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain what a social enterprise is, and understand the place that social enterprise plays in the changing social landscape in Australia
    • GA1:
  2. Demonstrate increased self-awareness with relation to the behaviours, traits and attitudes required of a social entrepreneur
    • GA5:
  3. Develop critical research, teamwork and communication skills necessary for social entrepreneurship study and practice
    • GA6: