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2013/2014  BA-BLC_SEIT  Social Entrepreneurship and innovation theory (SEIC-T) -

English Title
Social Entrepreneurship and innovation theory (SEIC-T) -

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Changes in schedule may occur.
Tuesday 11.40-14.25, week 5-6,8,10-12 and
Friday 11.40-14.25, week 5-6,8,10-12.
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Min. participants 20
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Gurli Jakobsen - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 14-10-2013
Learning objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
  • Account for and compare relevant theories for social entrepreneurship, social innovation, CSR, social business models, government and other institutional support for social business.
  • Analyse concrete cases of social entrepreneurship applying relevant theoretical concepts and theories.
  • Discuss arguments promoting and criticizing the viability of the aforementioned theories and concepts
  • Understand the application and urgency of social entrepreneurship principles in the developed and developing world, and differentiate between the two.
  • Apply theories to the societal and economic context of projects, as those created in the elective SEIC-EP .
Course prerequisites
A basic understanding of social entrepreneurship and global sustainability issues is an advantage, but not a precondition for participation.
Social Entrepreneurship Theory (SEIC-T):
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
5-8 pages (1 page is counted as 2275 taps including spaces).
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Open book: all written and electronic aids, including internet access
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Description of the exam procedure
The exam will consist of analysis of social entrepreneurship/innovation case  where students will be expected to apply their understanding  of the theoretical models and research from the course, as well as their experience from their SEIC-EP project or similar practical projects concerning planning, implementation, impact, and scalability.  They will also be expected to critically examine relevant models, theories and practices relevant to the problem at hand as illustrated in the case.
Course content and structure
The elective "Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation theory (SEIC-T) aims at  providing a comprehensive and contemporary introduction to the principles of social entrepreneurship and innovation.  After introducing the most common definitions of the concepts, you are encouraged to take on a critical view in assessing its role in economic development, CSR and in affecting social change.
      Subsequently, different types of social business models, start-up strategies and public/private sector support for social entrepreneurship are analyzed. Throughout the course, real case studies from Denmark are interchanged with cases from e.g. South Africa to demonstrate the diverse application possibilities of social entrepreneurship. This also allows you to assess its various forms of impact on society, education and economic development.
   The elective is developed complementary to the very practical elective "Social Entrepreneurship  Project" (SEIC-T) and while this elective is complete in itself, you should consider taking both during the same semester. Together these two electives provide the participant with the introductory theoretical knowledge and basic practical skills needed for an aspiring social entrepreneur, CSR manager or socially responsible  entrepreneur or enterprise owner.
Teaching methods
Teaching is a combination of lectures and two essay assignments that measure the student’s progress. During the course, case discussion sessions will take place during which students will be divided in smaller groups. The students are required and expected to prepare for the sessions as well as interact during the discussions. Additionally, during some classes, virtual interaction with South African students is expected to take place.
Expected literature
Bornstein, D., (2010) How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, http://cye.colorado.edu/cye_journal/review.pl?n=53
Hermann, A.M. (2010). „Review essay - Against the Schumpeterian mainstream: a review of institutional approaches to entrepreneurship, Socio-Economic Review 8, p. 735–746 http://ser.oxfordjournals.org/content/8/4/735.full.pdf+html
Meldrum, B., Simpson, A., Willington, L., Holt, D., & Littlewood, D. (2012). Support Needs of South African Social Entrepreneurs. http://gsbblogs.uct.ac.za/gsbconference/files/2012/09/Meldrum_Support-needs.pdf
Last updated on 14-10-2013