Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation

SIP60003 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

This unit explores the rising importance of social innovation and social enterprise to developing solutions to persistent social and environmental challenges. On a global scale, both social innovation and social enterprise have become prominent in inspiring individuals, organisations and communities to act on social change. There are many components to the social innovation ‘ecosystem’, and students will explore, discuss and critique the different aspects of the ecosystem in this unit. Students will engage in both the practice and theoretical foundations of social innovation and enterprise, participating in engaging on-line and class-based learning activities.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of trends and drivers re-shaping the dynamics of the social economy.
2. Critically analyse key issues in the social economy framed by knowledge of multi-stakeholder influences on the creation of social impact.
3. Apply problem solving methodologies to select appropriate governance, management and value sets in social enterprises.
4. Critically evaluate concepts such as social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, social investment, social innovation and collaborative governance.
5. Communicate proficiently in a professional context with a wide variety of audiences and work with diverse groups.