Social Entrepreneurship

ENT80018 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

The aim of this unit of study is to help students develop a better understanding of the role of the social enterprise and entrepreneurial activity in creating diverse forms of value that help sustain our communities and societies. The unit explores how social entrepreneurs apply traditional (private-sector) entrepreneurship focus on innovation, risk taking and large scale transformation to social problem solving in the social enterprise sector. Besides learning about theory and practice of social entrepreneurs, students will be engaged in active learning by using practical tools for starting a social venture.
After successfully completing this unit of study, students should be able to:
  • Critically analyse and apply theories and information drawn from literature, research and personal experience to develop a personal model of social entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Analyse and reflect on the essentials of social and financial value creation and apply scale up strategies for a social enterprise.
  • Self-reflect to build self-awareness, identify personal ethical stance and develop experiential learning skills in relation to social entrepreneurship.
  • Refine communication skills and apply using a variety of communication styles and media to inform, persuade and inspire others to build shared understanding and stakeholder commitment toward common goals, creating social and financial value.
  • Communicate proficiently and in a professional context and work effectively as a member of a diverse team

Courses with unit

This unit no longer offered however a suggested alternative could be SIP60003
This unit is part of the Social Impact degrees in Swinburne’s Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.