April 2, 2019

New: CSI Field Trip to Bangalore India

Immerse yourself in a Social Impact Field Project and go to Bangalore, India

Date: 14-22 September 2019

Following a successful pilot last year CSI UNSW will again offer COMM5707 Social Impact Field Project - India in Term 3 2019. The aim of the course is for students to learn about social enterprise start-ups in complex environments by travelling to Bangalore, India for an intensive, fully immersive one-week program.

The immersive component of the course will run from Sunday, 15 September to Saturday 21 September. Students need to arrive in Bangalore on Saturday, 14 September and will arrive back in Australia on Sunday 22 September.

Led by 40k’s Kristy Bartlett, COMM5707 Social Impact Field project will take students to Bangalore, the IT capital of India for 7 days of intensive learning about social enterprise in a complex, challenging and thought-provoking environment. Here you will explore the opportunities and complexities of applying business models to the social and environmental challenges that exist in many societies.

Students will experience a breadth of novel and traditional business solutions that have been applied throughout this rapidly expanding city and its rural surroundings. Working in a team, you will be challenged to develop a social enterprise model using human centred design, that reflects the complexities, local nuances and insights developed through the course.

At the end of the course, it is expected that students will have:

  • gained a broader perspective on ways in which a social enterprise can tackle social and environmental challenges;
  • applied a range of problem solving and strategic decision-making tools; and
  • have a deeper empathy with the people, economy and culture of one of the world’s most vibrant countries.

For more details on the course content and program schedule please see below.

Who is this course for?

Students who want to be inspired, challenged and informed in how any organisation can have a social or environmental impact. The insights you learn can be applied in any organisation across the private, public and social sectors.


Places for this immersive international program are limited. To enrol in the course please email csistudents@unsw.edu.au

For more information please email CSI’s Education Director, Associate Professor Leanne Piggott at l.piggott@unsw.edu.au.

Course content and program schedule


Prior to travel, students will complete a pre-departure webinar and online learning module aimed at preparing students for travel and the first assessment.

Saturday 14/09: Travel – Arrive late evening

Sunday 15/09: Foundations – An introduction to Bangalore’s people and culture and the design process your team will undertake.

Monday 16/09: Social enterprise in action – Introduction to a range of social enterprises around Bangalore.

Tuesday 17/09 and Wednesday 18/09: Gathering perspectives – Build empathy with a diversity of social enterprise stakeholders from customers to funders and analyse the ecosystem in which they connect.

Thursday 19/09 and Friday 20/09: Design – Immerse yourself in designing a social enterprise model around a selected social challenge, before testing with stakeholders.

Saturday 21/09: Pitch and reflect – Present your social enterprise to a panel before reflecting on how to apply your learning to an Australian context.

For Sydney and Melbourne based students, you will reach home on the recommended flight by Sunday evening, 22/09.


Students will complete a follow up webinar post the immersive component to focus on how the insights gained in India are applied more broadly in different countries and through different organisational structures.


To measure your learning outcomes from the course, there will be three assessments that gauge your understanding of the themes, ability to apply this to a foreign context and capacity to extrapolate the learning to a local context.

1. Literature review: Build your knowledge and understanding of the key theme from the course - social innovation and entrepreneurship in India (due pre-departure)

2. Group presentation and report: Develop and pitch your team’s case for a social enterprise in India along with a briefing report (due on last day of immersion)

3. Reflection essay: Reflect on your key insights from the course and how you would apply course concepts to an Australian context within Business, Government, Not for profit or social enterprise (due post-immersion).

Estimated program costs:

In addition to the course fee for COMM5707 Social Impact Field, the other estimated costs for the program are:

Program fee: $1,200

  • This will include: 7 nights accommodation (check-in Saturday pm check out Saturday am); 6 days of breakfast and 3 group lunches (Monday to Saturday); transportation; activity and local staff costs.

Personal costs: Approximately $1,500

  • This will include: flights (est. $1000); flight insurance ($75); visa ($75); inoculations ($200); mobile and sim data ($20); spending money for dinner, lunches etc. ($100.00).


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