Undergraduate Courses

The Centre for Social Impact's undergraduate courses at UNSW are for anyone interested in creating social change, and are designed to complement existing studies.

COMM1000: Creating Social Change

Do you want to lead change and implement social innovations? Would you like to find ways to address complex social problems? This course is for aspiring change agents across all sectors, including business, not-for-profit and government.

Whether your career lies in business, law, art and design, arts and social sciences, the built environment, science, engineering or medicine, you will develop practical skills to lead complex systems for create better social outcomes. We explore the issues that policy makers, industry leaders and social service providers grapple with every day, such as inequality, place-based disadvantage, mental health, homelessness, and human rights.

We will introduce models for systems change, social innovation, and cross-sectoral collaboration and you will complete the course with a broad understanding of social systems and the keys to initiating and sustaining positive social change.

The course introduces local and global trends through a range of case studies, and you will have the opportunity to hear directly from experts in business, government and social purpose organisations who have successfully initiated social change.

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COMM3030: Social Entrepreneurship Practicum

COMM3030 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course designed to integrate theory with experiential practice and involve authentic and purposeful engagement with partner organisations. It enables undergraduate students to develop professional skills while working in a team on a real social entrepreneurship project.

Students work with partners from industry, social enterprises, not-for-profits and foundations to develop and conduct a variety of applied projects in different areas of social entrepreneurship.

In doing so, they have the opportunity to develop their professional skills, including critical thinking, communication, teamwork, research, innovation and creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership and many others.

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Student Stories

Maddii Maguire

  • Dec. 4, 2019

Maddii Maguire completed COMM1000: Creating Social Change – From Innovation to Impact in 2019, as a general elective while completing the first year of a Bachelor of Media in Public Relations and Advertising at UNSW.



“COMM1000 provided me with a different way to look at the kinds of issues we face in our community and as I'm quite interested in the business side of things I was able to discover other ways we can support our people and planet.”

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