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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS2070 Innovating Social Enterprises

10 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Emilee Simmons
Email: E.L.Simmons@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module uses an 'alternate reality' interactive narrative, which will draw you into a community working together to solve real world problems that currently afflict organisations operating in the Third Sector, particularly social enterprises. Within the module, we will explore methods and practices employed by not-for-profits and social enterprises to generate earned income streams needed to help cope with shrinking public support. We will discuss ownership and governance structures and how these have developed to include more stakeholders and how social innovation has been used to create triple-bottom-line enterprises.You will have the chance to develop some key enterprise and employability skills in working with external organisations and be involved in affecting change beyond your usual University activities.

Objectives

THEORY
On completion of this module, students will understand:
1. Methods and practices employed by non-profits and social enterprises (SEs) to generate earned income streams to help cope with shrinking public support.
2. The use of entrepreneurial skills to improve the efficiency of non-profit organisations and SEs.
3. How ownership and governance structures have developed to include more stakeholders - e.g. through community- based enterprises or cooperatives.
4. How social innovation has been used to create triple-bottom-line enterprises.

PRACTICE
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Collect, interpret and apply information.
2. Define key business concepts.
3. Work as a member of a group in the researching, preparation and presentation of an oral presentation.
4. Work as a member of a group in the researching, preparation and presentation of a written report.
5. Identify and express the skills required to work effectively as part of a team.

Learning outcomes
Students will:
1. Understand basic business concepts (and how they can be applied to organisations operating in the Third Sector).
2. Understand the interdependency of the main functional roles in a micro enterprise.
3. Have developed key employability skills (including team working, communication and presentation skills) and professionalism.
4. Develop the personal skills of problem analysis and solving in an enterprise orientated scenario.


Syllabus

This module will explore some very topical research areas including social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, social innovation and SROI. The syllabus content will reflect contemporary challenges faced by social enterprises (and other Third Sector organisations) in response to government policy initiatives (Big Society) and lack of access to finance in the current economic climate.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop102.0020.00
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Lecture41.004.00
Private study hours74.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

The module has a core text and a recommended supplementary edited book of readings. There will also be a reading list of contemporary journal articles.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance will be expected at every workshop session, and non-attendance without good reason will be followed up. Progress issues will be addressed informally during the interactive workshop sessions.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group Project2,000 words (excluding references)30.00
AssignmentEmail response to 2 sets of 4 questions sent by a virtual client open questions. 2000 words in total.70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit by seen exam.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/09/2016

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