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Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Module code: ENTE 3534

Module description

The scale of current social and environmental problems requires steady flows of new entrepreneurial and innovative solutions. This module aims to develop an understanding of a spectrum of ways for entrepreneurship and innovation to be a positive driver of social change and sustainable solutions.

The module introduces students to concepts and debates in the field of social entrepreneurship from a theoretical and practical point of view. Students will have the opportunity to explore and examine the taught material upon the experiences of real social entrepreneurs (guest speakers), as well as their own work creating an innovative solution to a real local social issue.

This type of active learning upon a well-known complex phenomenon (social entrepreneurship) allows students to enhance their opportunity recognition skills as well as their overall enterprising mind-sets and capabilities. Likewise, students are expected to develop awareness of the ethical and social dimensions of any business venture.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

LO1) Critically discuss different approaches and concepts of social entrepreneurship and value. (Individual essay)
LO2) Recognise and analyse a real current social issue in Leicester building on rigorous research and concepts from an appropriate social entrepreneurship approach. (Individual essay)
LO3) Analyse the context of the social issue to reflect a diverse spectrum of stakeholders. (Individual essay & Individual report)
LO4) Produce an innovative solution based on methods and tools that are relevant aids during nascent stages of social entrepreneurship. (Individual report)
LO5) Reflect on the role of personal drivers when it comes to creating social value and the overall challenges and opportunities in social entrepreneurship activity. (Individual report).

Contact hours per student per year

During online delivery:
Lectures: Asynchronous (equivalent to 2 hours of in-session dedication each week).
Seminars: 1-hour online session each week.

During face-to-face delivery (if we return to our normal teaching format during 2020/21)
Lectures: 2-hours lectures each week.
Seminars: 1-hour session every other week.


  • Individual Essay: 50%
  • Individual Report: 50%

Additional costs:  No extra costs other than purchase of books