Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Management
OfferedNot offered in 2015


The purpose of this unit is to examine and debate the critical role of social entrepreneurship in the modern business context. The unit will introduce students to social entrepreneurship and equip them with an understanding of the theoretical foundations and practical issues of social entrepreneurship. Key processes involved in the business of managing social enterprises such as the development and use of alternate yardsticks of performance measurement, approach to management of people, financing, and entrepreneurial leadership for social goals will be critically examined. Business models of social entrepreneurship will be introduced and critically evaluated in relation to conventional modes of practice. Topics studied will include definitions and background of social entrepreneurship; challenges and drivers of social entrepreneurship; processes and business models concerning social entrepreneurship.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the fundamentals and concepts of social entrepreneurship
  2. critically appreciate and understand the role of social entrepreneurship in the business context
  3. identity and analyse processes of social entrepreneurship
  4. identify and appraise challenges and opportunities in social entrepreneurship
  5. explore and understand the business models in social entrepreneurship.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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