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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Provides students with 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 unit gives students the opportunities to learn about it by practical application. Students study these themes working in teams where they apply a creative process to build a real social enterprise. At the end of the unit, students will 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

Module 1 - Entrepreneurs and the Social Enterprise 

Module 2 - Social Enterprise Ideation

Module 3 - Social Enterprise Business Models

Module 4 - The Reality Check: Testing the Business Model

Module 5 - Impact: Making a Difference

Module 6 - 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.

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
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
  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.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.