Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation (COMM 5701)

What is the course about?

The course first examines the social economy through the emerging spectrum of organisational forms that generate both social and economic value. This includes: traditional charities, social enterprises, socially responsible business and traditional corporations. It looks at why the traditional boundaries between government, business and the third sector have blurred and what that means for the capacity to deliver new forms of social impact.

The course then examines trends and drivers, re-shaping the dynamics of social impact. It reviews the key changes that have occurred within each of the sectors:

  • The changing role of government from direct provider to enabler
  • The emergence of corporate responsibility within the business sector
  • The emergence of social enterprises and socially responsible businesses
  • The implications for systems thinking as applied to social change, and what this means for leadership
  • The emergence of new forms of philanthropy and social investment

The course examines the ways in which these changes drive social innovation, and it concludes with a review of global trends and organisations that effect social change and impact.

This course is available to students through either face-to-face classes or online delivery. 

Key Contact

If you want to know more about the Centre for Social Impact’s postgraduate and undergraduate courses, get in touch.

Erin Thurgar
CSI Students
Call 02 8936 0990

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