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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS1010 Understanding Social Enterprises

10 creditsClass Size: 59

Module manager: Angela Carradus

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students may only take this module once, either in semester 1 or semester 2.

Module replaces

LEED1110 Exploring Social Enterprise

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Jamie Oliver's 15, The Big Issue and the Eden Project are diverse examples of the sort of innovation, enterprise and creativity that can change people's lives, they are social enterprises. Social enterprises tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues at all scales. They have primarily social objectives with surpluses reinvested in the business or in the community. Through researching both enterprising people and their businesses, you will see how creativity, innovation and persistence can get the job done. You will develop insights into your own creative and innovative approaches to issues and reflect on how you can use these ideas while you are a student at Leeds. This experience may change your life too.


This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to explore real social enterprise through case studies, understand how they develop and about finding enterprising win - win solutions to problems. It will help students to develop insights into their own creative and innovative approaches to issues and reflect on how they can use these ideas whilst they are a student at Leeds. This module will use a range of interactive teaching methods to allow students to fully appreciate concepts, ideas and developments in the increasingly popular area of social enterprise.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Recognise how social enterprises operate and function
- Distinguish between public, private and social enterprise
- Recognise the drivers for social entrepreneurs

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Creatively apply basic social enterprise skills and attributes in presentations and team working
- Identify their own enterprise skills


The general outline of the syllabus is included below; these sessions make up the workshop portion of the module, with the talks from guest speakers making up the lectures section.

Workshops (Description)

- Introduction (Defining a social enterprise)
- Networking (Green Business Networking workshop)
- National/International social enterprises (Understanding different SE and their place in society)
- Not just muesli and flip-flops (Not-for-profit sector - developing student goals)
- Planning exercise (Group work - planning and preparation)
- Models of social enterprise funding (Creating a SE from Hyde Park)
- Stakeholders (Understanding who is involved in the SE)
- Project presentations (Group project presentation)
- Characteristics of social entrepreneurs (Traits and attributes)
- Students as social entrepreneurs (Personal characteristics, e.g. Myers Briggs)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Group learning14.004.00
Private study hours72.50
Total Contact hours27.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students must attend the class workshops and complete a personal project in their own time.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1,600 words excluding references70.00
Group ProjectCase study - 1,200 words excluding references.20.00
PresentationGroup presentation10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/01/2018


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