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This subject has been developed in partnership with The Big Issue, an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and creating job opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people, to provide students with the opportunity to work in small project teams to conceptualise, develop and pitch a viable and sustainable social enterprise initiative. Teams will liaise with external organisations such as The Big Issue as well as community groups and thought leaders from business as appropriate to identify an area of community need and design a social enterprise to address that need. Project development will be informed by the scholarship of social enterprise and will be closely supported by a program of workshops, webinars and supervision from academic staff and experienced social enterprise providers. Project teams will present their business cases in both written and verbal form to an audience of academics, business leaders and social enterprise practitioners. Students completing this subject will develop a critical understanding of the nature of social enterprise in contemporary society and of the practical requirements for developing sustainable social enterprise projects.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- demonstrate a detailed understanding of aims, practicalities and limitations of social enterprise;
- demonstrate a detailed understanding of the scholarship pertaining to social entrepreneurship;
- apply rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate methodologies to the field of social enterprise with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
- work effectively as a member of a project team to devise and elaborate a detailed business case for a social enterprise project;
- communicate effectively with community groups, individuals and potential project stakeholders to identify and develop a social enterprise project; and
- communicate the results of the project effectively to community, professional and academic audiences.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- advanced communication skills (written and verbal) and stakeholder management skills appropriate to professional contexts;
- project management and business planning skills, including scoping projects, developing timelines and meeting deadlines;
- task management; and
- research and critical thinking skills as applied to a professional context.
Last updated: 18 December 2020