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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2011-2012 (archived)

Module BUSI43O15: Social Entrepreneurship (Block Taught)

Department: Business School (Business)

BUSI43O15: Social Entrepreneurship (Block Taught)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2011/12 Module Cap None.
Tied to
Tied to


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Social Entrepreneurship (Blended Learning)


  • To provide a comprehensive overview of the role social entrepreneurs play in society and the challenges they face
  • To develop an understanding of, and ability to critically examine, the major analytical frameworks employed in evaluating a social enterprise and its socio-economic impact
  • To equip students with an advanced conceptual and practical knowledge of the skills needed to successfully develop, launch and manage a social enterprise


  • What is a “social enterprise”?
  • Characteristics of the “social entrepreneur”
  • Charity and philanthropy versus social entrepreneurship
  • The role of innovation
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI) models
  • Social investment and social capital
  • The nature, form and structure of social enterprises
  • New venture creation
  • Social entrepreneurship in developing economies

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students should:
  • have a critical understanding of the nature, form and structure of the social enterprise sector;
  • have a grounded understanding of key perspectives on social enterprise and the social entrepreneur;
  • have a critical appreciation of the importance of the impact of social entrepreneurial activities on society.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students should:
  • be able to examine and critically evaluate social enterprise performance;
  • be able to develop an appropriate social investment strategy;
  • be able to critically evaluate the value of an enterprise to society.
Key Skills:
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Planning, organising and time management skills
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • The ability to use initiative
  • Advanced skills in the interpretation of data
  • Advanced computer literacy skills

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Learning outcomes will be met through a combination of taught input, groupwork, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading and specially-written self-study material.
  • The summative written assignment will test students' understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned in the preparation of a social enterprise plan.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops (a combination of taught input, groupwork, case studies and discussion), timetabled in blocks 28
Preparation and reading 122
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual written report, based on the development of a social enterprise plan 4,000 words maximum 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Students will receive feedback on their contributions in class.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University