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Entrepreneurship for Sustainability is a project-based subject. Working in teams, learners will propose an entrepreneurial venture to improve Australia’s performance against at least one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through this subject, learners will be introduced to the SDG framework and its uses, as well as various tools to elicit and validate an entrepreneurial concept.
This subject is for anyone interested in learning, through experience, about entrepreneurial approaches to addressing real challenges to create impact and value – not just learners with entrepreneurial ambitions.
The subject contains a high degree of industry and community interaction, including guest speakers who have experience addressing SDGs through entrepreneurial means.
Learners will be supported to:
- integrate their own disciplinary knowledge relating to the problem they choose to tackle
- learn from industry speakers to enrich their grasp of the problem
- conduct background, user, and expert research to develop a deeper, shared understanding of the problem
- identify and assess creative means to address the problem, and
- design a proposed solution for impact, considering the social, environmental, and economic inputs, influences and dynamics at play.
Learners are not required to come into the subject already having an idea. At the beginning of the semester, learners will be provided with a series of prompts – specific ideas for problem areas they may choose to tackle.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- ILO1 - Use the SDG framework to inform an entrepreneurial idea
- ILO2 - Harness entrepreneurial tools, methodologies and mindsets to address a real-world problem or opportunity
- ILO3 - Collaborate effectively as a team to develop an entrepreneurial idea
- ILO4 - Demonstrate a capacity to critically evaluate the impact of an undertaking against its intended outcomes
- ILO5 - Effectively pitch an entrepreneurial idea to peers and an invested community audience.
- Grasp the social, cultural, environmental, and financial responsibilities of a professional and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
- Capacity for entrepreneurial problem solving and collaborative learning
- Application of knowledge and skills to real-world problems and opportunities
- Ability to function effectively as an individual and in interdisciplinary teams
- Ability to communicate effectively with relevant experts, potential beneficiaries, and the community at large
- Knowledge of, and commitment to, professional and ethical responsibilities
- Ability to manage and synthesise data and other information
Last updated: 29 July 2022