Area of Study
Business, Entrepreneurial Management, Management Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
Social Entrepreneurship: making a real difference looks at the phenomenon of social entrepreneurship, its origins, manifestations and practical implications. Social entrepreneurship as a subject has evolved through two academic routes; the study of entrepreneurship and the study of social enterprise/nonprofit sector. This is still a developing subject of study but is increasingly relevant in the current economic environment with reduced public-sector expenditure and increasing social demands. The use of entrepreneurship and business models to achieve social value appears to be an increasingly important phenomenon in Ireland and Europe.
The programme is split into 3 elements: theoretical underpinnings (session 1-4), an understanding of the implementation of social entrepreneurship in practice (sessions 5-8) and the practical assignment (social entrepreneurship in action) (sessions 8-11). This module is designed to give students an insight into the nature of social entrepreneurship and its application in various organisational settings. Much of the learning from practice will be done through role play and other exercises which will allow students apply the material presented and apply it to individual case studies.
Week 1: Course Introduction
(tba) Introduction to social entrepreneurship; concepts and definitions
Social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship
Earned-income strategies and where it fits in
Social entrepreneurship outputs: organisational types
Introduction to practical assignment and guidelines
Week 2: Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise in the International context
(tba) Historical context
American versus European traditions
Pressures since the 1970?s
Commercialism, professionalism and entrepreneurial governance
The current situation
Week 3: Social enterprise in Ireland
(tba) Historical background and traditions
The Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS)
Social Partnership and the ?Social Economy?
Social enterprise programmes
The extent of social enterprise in Ireland
The forms of social enterprise in Ireland
Week 4: Theoretical understanding
(tba) Social capital
Week 5: Setting up a social venture: Internal issues
(tba) Defining social and economic objectives
Defining the business structure
The role of the social entrepreneur in the process
Week 6: Funding and developing issues
(tba) The funding options
The funding mix
The public sector
The private sector
Transition to alternative management ? moving on
Week 7: New Initiatives
(tba) Social Economy Task Force
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Accountability: social auditing and social return on Investment (SROI)
Week 8: Social entrepreneurship game
(tba) Role play/team competition
Week 9: Practical assignment: introduction and planning session
Week 10: Practical assignment
Week 11: Practical assignment
Week 12: Conclusion and wrap up
(tba) Presentation of learning from practical assignments
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
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