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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)

Module BUSI44V15: Managing Social Entrepreneurship

Department: Business School (Business)

BUSI44V15: Managing Social Entrepreneurship

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap None.
Tied to N2P109
Tied to N2P209
Tied to N2P309
Tied to N2P409
Tied to N2P509
Tied to N2P609
Tied to N2P709


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To develop students’ ability to appreciate, research and assess the management of social entrepreneurship.


  • Why Social Entrepreneurship?
  • History – present – future
  • Beyond the bottom line – alternative logics for organising
  • Social Entrepreneurship & public sector
  • Social Entrepreneurship & private sector
  • Social Entrepreneurship in international context
  • Managing, people & social entrepreneurship
  • Managing, Social Entrepreneurship & Ethics
  • Researching social problems and social entrepreneurship

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the role and nature of social entrepreneurship in differing contexts
  • Appreciation of the advantages and limitations of managing social entrepreneurship
  • Ability to evaluate critically different approaches to management people in the context of social entrepreneurship
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to develop creative, deeper and more challenging ways of understanding organising, based on contemporary theoretical developments
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the complexity of social, political, ethical, economic and philosophical issues that shape managing social entrepreneurship
Key Skills:
  • Written & visual communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.
  • Employing novel investigative methods.
  • Effectively presenting ideas, concepts and evidence to others in a relevant and timely manner.

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

  • Through a combination of lectures, seminars and guided reading addressing key topics in cutting edge management research, students will acquire the advanced skills and knowledge to enable them to develop a thorough understanding of this specialist field of study.
  • The assessment of the module, by written assignment and photo essay plus accompanying text, is designed to test students' knowledge and understanding of the subject-matter and their ability to apply it to the analysis of specific issues relating to the study of managing and organising.
  • A photo essay is a deliberately constructed sequence of photographs that present a critical narrative on life, work or society and are intended to evoke questions and emotions within the viewer, thus encouraging an approach to learning in which are “uncovering the topics in our course rather than listening to us cover them” (Whetten, 2007, p349).
  • By requiring students to reconsider their ‘Ways of Seeing’ (Berger, 1972) the photo essay encourages them to think again about the underlying rationales and challenges in establishing, managing and organising a social enterprise and to do so in a manner which is qualitatively different from written deliberation alone.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 2 hours 18
Seminars 4 1 hour 4
Preparation & Reading 128
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 80%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 2500 words (maximum) 100% 2500 word assignment (maximum)
Component: Photo Essay plus accompanying text Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Photo Essay plus accompanying text 10-picture Photo Essay plus 400 words of accompanying text 100% 10-picture Photo Essay plus 400 words of accompanying text

Formative Assessment:

Individual and group presentations & discussion in the course of the seminars.

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