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LUBS5528M Contemporary Challenges in Enterprise

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Isla Kapasi

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will encourage you to engage with contemporary issues and debates in enterprise. During workshops you will have the opportunity to engage with invited academic speakers and experts to debate some of the most current and pressing challenges in enterprise.


This module aims to give students the opportunity to explore current contemporary issues in enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- demonstrate in-depth critical knowledge of enterprise and entrepreneurship theories and concepts using techniques relevant to the discipline.
- evaluate and contextualise current issues in enterprise and entrepreneurship
- identify and explain the changing nature of enterprise and entrepreneurship.
- critically evaluate the potential of business activities to deliver negative social and environmental impacts

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module student will be able to:
- work confidently and promptly as an individual

Subject specific
- apply analytical skills to contemporary themes and contexts
- apply theories and concepts to contemporary debates and issues linked to business start-up and development


Indicative content:
This module brings in, invited guest speakers who are internationally recognised for their academic excellence. They will introduce the topics, outlining theoretical and empirical approaches used within the field, highlighting current debates and approaches used to explore these themes; encouraging and supporting you to critically engage with recent publications in relevant fields.

You will play an integral role in the workshop debate and discussion, providing key questions and gaining understanding of how theory may translate into both policy and practice.

Topics/themes that the module will explore:
- Gender and Entrepreneurship
- Stimulating enterprise in low-income communities
- Small business growth
- Born Global businesses
- Social Enterprises
- Social and environmental impacts of enterprise and entrepreneurship

Within each topic/theme we will cover issues such as:
- The historical development of research
- Current theoretical, practice and policy debates
- Methodological approaches

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours118.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

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.

Private study details: 5 x 10 hours reading for workshop preparation and 70 hours preparation for examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress issues will be addressed informally during the interactive workshop sessions.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3 hours examination

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/09/2019


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