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2017/2018  KAN-CSIEO2022U  Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

English Title
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Fourth Quarter, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Social Sciences
Course coordinator
  • Ester Barinaga - MPP
Main academic disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
Last updated on 26-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: By the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Analyse the social innovation and entrepreneurial process.
  • Use the concepts and tools seen in the course to identify the elements that need to be considered to develop and strengthen entrepreneurial initiatives aiming at social change.
  • Explain and defend a position on issues concerning the social entrepreneurial process in situations that are yet unsettled by research.
  • Use the theoretical perspectives discussed in the course as a means of deciding questions involved in social entrepreneurial initiatives.
Course prerequisites
Students need to be enrolled in the OIE Masters Programme.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 1
Compulsory assignments (assessed approved/not approved)
There will be a mid-course evaluation based on a group assignment for class. This is graded on a pass / fail basis.
Final evaluation consists on a 4 hour written sit in exam, open book. A passing grade on the group’s mid-course evaluation is a prerequisite for taking the individual exam.
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Aids 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.
If the make-up exam/re-exam is taken place as an oral exam, it will be 20 minutes exam with no preparation.
Course content and structure

Social entrepreneurship is acquiring the proportions of a world-wide movement. From micro-finance institution two youth houses, fair trade soaps and community-based art ventures, a wide range of actions are rates sina efforts in addressing is is is the big social challenges in today's world. It is inte, no agreement on the definition nor on the nature of the phenomenon Namely being called "social entrepreneurship." Yet, the øge of the discussion and the variety of tiltag do all have one thing in common: a will cause social change. The core of this course is social change through the parallel notion of social innovation. That is, we will look two innovation and entrepreneurship as special forms of organi sing for social transformation.


Some of the questions the attention we will explore Throughout the course are: How should we think När designing tiltag aiming two social change? In what instances does a market rationality serve us better than a communitarian one in the coming særdeles a social challenge? What conceptual and practical tools can be overused in our strive forbedre lives of people and the health of our communities? How can the social be re-articulated in our efforts catalyse social change?


In sum, we will be looking at Rationalities, strategies and tools aiming two social change. For att purpose, we will be Using the intellectual tools handed to us by the social sciences two botheration understand the phenomena of social innovation and entrepreneurship and Apply themself two design your own social entrepreneurial ventures


This course is based venture: It will be based on a social venture att students co-create. First fordi must effektiv way to understand social innovation and entrepreneurship is practice it. Second, because the coursework främja a creative and proactive stance toward the society you live in, not Merely an adaptive or critical one.


Thus, this course takes an experiential approach and students are expected to interact with the social change sector, deltager in class discussion, and be active delta core in the teaching / learning process. Topics will include exploring the problem you wanna address, Assessing the opportunity, acknowledging the implicit theory of change, Considering the venture's organizational form, funding your initiative, building your board, pitching your initiative, and start Assessing social impact. 


This course Appeals to students with a strong desire for a social innovators, or work in a social startup, early stage or social entrepreneurial minded company, der kan Pursued now or later i sin careers. It is also for students dem som är Considering Obtaining jobs in consulting, social venture capital, or social foundations where they are dealing with new or relativt new social ventures.

Teaching methods
The course will combine a variety of methods ranging from lectures, group discussions, teaching cases and Studio-based pedagogy.
Feedback during the teaching period
From teacher to student:
- during the fieldwork time of their projects, students will be given feed-back on their regular fieldwork summaries hand-ins.
- feed-back will be given by both teacher and external experts during students' pitch of their projects
- office hours will be available for groups or individual students to get feed-back

From student to student:
- discussion groups will be organised in class according to the nature of student projects. This to open the possibility for students to given feed-back to each others' ongoing work.

Self-reflection on the learning process:
- those classes with more challenging concepts will give time for self-reflection on the relevance of that class to their particular student projects. This self-reflection will be facilitated through a template.
Student workload
Course activities (including preparation) 206 hours
Exam (including exam preparation) 4 hours
Expected literature

Barinaga, E. 2012. "Overcoming Inertia: The social question in Social Entrepreneurship". In Daniel Hjorth (ed.) Handbook on Organizational Entrepreneurship , pp. 242-256. Edward Elgar Publishing.


Brown, T. & Wyatt, J. 2010. " Design Thinking for Social Innovation ." Stanford Social Innovation Review .


Dees & Andersson. " Framing a theory of social entrepreneurship : Building on two schools of practice and thought." In Research on Social Entrepreneurship , pp.39-66.


Freeman, R. Edward and John McVea. 2001. "A Stakeholder Approach to Strategic Management". Darden Business School Working Paper No. 01-02.


Garrette, B. and Karnani, A. 2010. " Challenges in Marketing Socially Useful Goods to the Poor ." California Management Review , Vol. 52 (4): 29-47 


Granovetter, M. 1973. "The strength of weak ties." American Journal of Sociology , 78: 1360-1380.


Huttunen, S. 2014. "Stakeholder frames in the making of forest bioenergy lagstiftning in Finland." Geoforum , 53: 63-73.

Kania, J. and Mark Kramer. 2011. "Collective Impact." Stanford Social Innovation Review.


Kirk, M. Hickel, J. & Brewer, J. 2015. " Using Design Thinking two Eradicate Poverty Creation ." Stanford Social Innovation Review .


Lakoff, George. 2004. "Preface: Reframing is Social Change". In Do not Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values ​​and Frame the Debate , pp.xv-xvi. Chelsea Green Publishing.


Parmar, B. 2012. "How to better frame problems." Darden Business Publishing.


Prahalad, CK and Hammond, A. 2002. " Serving the world's poor, profitably ." Harvard Business Review


Putnam. RD 2000. "Thinking about social change in America." Bowling alone: ​​The collapse and revival of American community . Chapters 1, pp. 15-28. 


Putnam. RD 2000. "The dark side of social capital." Bowling alone: ​​The collapse and revival of American community . Chapter 22, pp.350-363.


Rankin, Katherine N. 2002. "Social capital, micro finance, and the politics of development." Feminist Economics , 8 (1): 1-24.


Snow, DA et al, 1986. "Frame Alignment Processes, Micro-Mobilization, Participation and Movements" American Sociological Review, 51 (4): 464-481


Swedberg, R. 2006. "Social Entrepreneurship: The View of the Young Schumpeter." In C.Steyaert and D.Hjorth (eds.), Entrepreneurship as Social Change: A third movement in entrepreneurship . Edward Elgar. 


Yunus, Muhammad, 1998. "Poverty Alleviation: Is Economics Any Help? Lessons from the Grameen Bank Experience." Journal of International Affairs , 52 (1): 47-65.

Last updated on 26-06-2017