BUSN1102 Changing the World: Social Innovation, Finance and Enterprise

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit highlights how innovation and entrepreneurship are solving major global social and economic challenges such as hunger, poverty, homelessness and intergenerational disadvantage and unemployment. It considers the rise of social entrepreneurship, the shift to a focus on collaboration, and the role of corporate social responsibility, philanthro-capitalism, social finance and impact investing in creating new options for positive social impact. New tools for social change in a digital and social media world (e.g. Kiva, Kickstarter, Twitter, Facebook) are considered and trends in the measurement and demonstration of social impact are examined.

The aim of the unit is for students to gain an evidence based and rich picture of what works in driving social change in the contemporary world.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain the contours of major social and economic challenges such as poverty and social disadvantage facing the world in local, national and international contexts; (2) illustrate the main actors both in finance and delivery involved in local, national and global innovative social change projects; (3) analyse the traditional and emerging solutions to major social and economic challenges, including principal tools and methods currently being employed in socially innovative projects and the relative success of these projects; (4) debate the role and styles of leaders in social change: entrepreneurs, advocates, policy makers, fundraisers, non-government organisations (NGOs), foundations and philanthropists; and (5) design a proposal and business plan for a social enterprise to potentially change the world.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial exercises and (2) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Paul Flatau
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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