Social Investment and Philanthropy

SIP60004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

2020 teaching periods


HT1  Term 1

2 Mar 20 - 19 Apr 20

19 May 20

Last self enrolment:
2 Mar 20

13 Mar 20

Last withdraw without fail:
27 Mar 20

Aims and objectives

The unit aims to introduce the foundational concepts and current issues in the growing field of social investment and philanthropy. Students critically explore the key social, political, and economic drivers that are reshaping social investment and philanthropy in Australia and internationally and organisational responses to these changes. Topics include: the historical context; the regulatory and legal context; the sectoral context (the ‘third’ sector, the not for profit sector, and the social economy); emerging models and approaches to social investment and philanthropy; fundamentals of grant-making; fundamentals of social impact investment and social finance; key debates, and the relationship of social investment and philanthropy to public policy.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of concepts and debates in the field of social investment and philanthropy
2. Apply problem solving and decision making methodologies to social investment and philanthropy issues
3. Critically evaluate models of social investment and philanthropy
4. Critically analyse and evaluate current and future trends in social investment and philanthropy

Courses with unit

This unit is part of the Social Impact degrees in Swinburne’s Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.