Social Investment and Philanthropy

SIP60004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

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.

Unit Learning Outcomes: 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