Social entrepreneurship and social innovation
This course is founded upon the premise that social innovation can play an important role in the building of a sustainable community. The course argues that social innovation should not be merely understood as the introduction of a new product or service which addresses social needs. The focus should instead be placed on empowerment, capacity building and new forms of partnerships and collaborations, which means that efforts should be targeted at enabling empathy, incubating competencies, building social capital and reimaging allocation of resources to facilitate the development and implementation of innovative solutions and strategies. The course investigates how system innovation helps social systems adapt and be transformed, leveraging innovative ideas for greater societal impact. Different incubation models for innovation and an array of social innovation examples will be discussed, along with topics such as practices and principles of social entrepreneurship, Creating Shared Value and creative problem solving.
Assessment: 100% coursework