BUSN2102 Changing the World: Social Innovation, Finance and Enterprise

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Enterprise and Innovation major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
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.
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 traditional and emerging solutions to major social and economic challenges; (4) analyse the potential impact of digital and social media as tools for social change; (5) debate the role and styles of leaders in social change: entrepreneurs, advocates, policy makers, fundraisers, non-government organisations (NGOs), foundations and philanthropists; and (6) create and design a proposal and business plan for a social enterprise to potentially change the world.
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
Unit rules
Completion of 24 points
BUSN1102 Changing the World: Social Innovation, Finance and Enterprise
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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