ENTREP 7019OL - Social Entrepreneurship

Online - Trimester 3 - 2019

This course provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of social entrepreneurship. Case studies are presented and students then apply this knowledge to an individual topic that forms the basis of their reports. This course is relevant to entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs that have a social, environmental or non profit focus.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENTREP 7019OL
    Course Social Entrepreneurship
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week over 10 weeks (interaction and preparation)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assessment Assignments, forum discussion
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Paul Steffens

    Program Director Contact Details: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Name: Prof. Paul Steffens
    Email: paul.steffens@adelaide.edu.au

    Teaching Staff:

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 Explain the characteristics that define social entrepreneurship
    2 Describe different forms of social enterprise organisations
    3 Apply and critique social entrepreneurship frameworks
    4 Explain key considerations in resourcing social entrepreneurship
    5 Apply the theory of change model for social enterprises
    6 Describe the challenges in growing a social enterprise and scaling social impact
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3,5 & 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text book:
    No text book required.

    Readings will be provided via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Resources
    There is a wide range of material on the course topic available. The following provides some additional reading guidance if you are interested in reading further on the topic.

    Barraket, J., Mason, C., and Blain, B. (2016), Finding Australia's Social Enterprise Sector 2016: Final Report, Social Traders and CSI Swinburne. Available at: http://www.socialtraders.com.au/about-social-enterprise/fases-and-other-research/social-enterprise-in-australia/

    Chahine, T. (2016). Introduction to social entrepreneurship. CRC Press.

    Martin, R. L., & Osberg, S. (2015). Getting beyond better: How social entrepreneurship works. Harvard Business Review Press.

    Ridley-Duff, R., & Bull, M. (2011). Understanding social enterprise: Theory and practice. London: Sage.

    Library Resources
    The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. Access to the Library's electronic resources.

    Online Learning
    MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered in fully online learning mode with assistance from the lecturers.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes online study components and self-directed study).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Session Topic
    1 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
    Social Enterprise
    3 Social Entrepreneurship Framework
    4 Resourcing Social Entrepreneurship
    Defining the Social Value Proposition
    6 Scaling Social Impact
    Specific Course Requirements
    Access to a social enterprise:
    For Assignment 2 you will need to identify a social enterprise, obtain permission to use them as a case study, and get their agreement to have access to the information required to undertake assignment 2.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    An overview of the course assessment appears in the following table. Details appear in the following section:

    #Assessment TaskLengthWeightLearning Outcomes
    1 Submit one case study and provide presentation online 400 words 10% 1-6: depends on which case study chosen
    2 Submission to inquiry 1800 words 30% 1
    3 Internal report and logic model 3000 words 50% 3, 4, 5, 6
    4 Participation in online discussion See below 10% 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Submit answers for one case study
    Task: Select one case study from those assigned. Prepare a summary of your answers for this case study.
    Provide a presentation of your your answers to your chosen case study.

    Assessment 2: Submission to Inquiry
    Task: Given the failure of Australia’s first Social Entrepreneurs Network, an inquiry has been established to investigate if the formation of a new network would progress the field of social entrepreneurship in Australia. By referring to the relevant literature and your own experiences and practice write a submission for the inquiry’s terms of reference.

    Assessment 3: Internal Report and Theory of Change
    Task: Identify a social enterprise, obtain permission to use them as a case study, and get their agreement to have access to the information required to undertake this assignment.
    You need to show evidence that you have gone to the relevant literature as well as to an actual social enterprise and produce the assessment.

    Assessment 4: Participation in online discussions
    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.
    Please refer to step by step instructions: MyUni Learning Centre

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:
    • Assignment Submission:  Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both). Note that assignments may be processed via TURNITIN, which is an online plagiarism prevention tool.
    • Cover Sheet:  Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work.  Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments:  You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing.  Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Extensions of Time:  An application for Assessment Extension should be made well before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer.  Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date.  Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances.
    • Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade.  Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late (Unless otherwise stated in 'Assessment Related Requirements' or 'Assessment Detail' above). Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.

    Resubmission & Remarking

    Resubmission of an assignment for remarking after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted.  Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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