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2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5527M Enterprise and Society

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Sally Jones

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore basic business concepts and how they can be applied to social enterprises, Non-governmental organisations (NGO) and other organisations operating in the Third Sector. It aims to provide students with an understanding of how social enterprises’ operate and function and the differences between public, private and social enterprise.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to critically evaluate:
- enterprise and entrepreneurship theories and concepts
- different social enterprises and how they operate locally, nationally and internationally
- the potential of business activities to deliver negative social and environmental impacts

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- exhibit greater ethical awareness through debate and discussion
- apply project management and problem solving skills in the execution of individual and group tasks
- develop professional relationships with potential collaborators, employers and/or clients
- creatively formulate, evaluate and communicate ideas in writing to a variety of audiences

Subject specific
- apply and evaluate theory and practice in their own research, advanced scholarship or area of specific interest within the broader discipline


Indicative content:
The syllabus content will reflect contemporary challenges faced by social enterprises (and other Third Sector organisations) in response to government policy initiatives and lack of access to finance in the current economic climate. In addition, students will discuss and debate issues relevant to ethical and social enterprise including, fair trade, financial probity, and the role of the state in enabling or inhibiting social enterprise.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
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. Preparation for workshops 11 x 5 hours reading (55).

Preparation for group assessment (20 hours) and individual assessments (42 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress issues will be addressed informally during the interactive workshop sessions. In addition, students will be able to complete a series of peer assessments throughout the course, which will be collated and published by staff who will then be able to address any issues.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group Project2,000 words30.00
ProjectIndividual project, 3,500 words70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit is by 3 hour seen examination only.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/05/2017


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