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UOSM2022 Social Enterprise

Module Overview

This is an interactive and practical module aiming to inspire students to social enterprise and entrepreneurship by giving them an experiential introduction to human centred design processes. The emphasis in this module is on the translation of knowledge into action and the development of enterprising skills such as identifying user needs and addressing these needs through collaborative co-design and action, being resourceful and leadership. A secondary aim is to develop students’ confidence in developing a personal brand using blogging and social media. A third aim is to raise an awareness of the support available to students for social enterprise activities at the university (both financial and non-financial).

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work in teams and develop leadership skills to design a solution to a social challenge
  • Conduct qualitative problem-solving research
  • Use systems thinking to understand social problems
  • Use design thinking to create solutions to social problems
  • Brainstorm effectively
  • Prototype and iterate solutions to social challenges
  • Pitch ideas persuasively
  • To become self-aware of your skills development
  • Communicate effectively, in both oral and written form, using and justifying argument within presentations and short reports


This module is an experiential introduction to social enterprise and entrepreneurship through a human-centred design process. It takes students, stage-by-stage, through a process of conception, design and delivery of a idea for social change. Each stage is broken down into individual tasks which propels each team further towards the execution of a prototype social venture. The module is intended as a launchpad for further explorations of student enterprise activity, whether as an independent entrepreneur or as a contributor to on-going social ventures.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Workshops: Students will participate in a series of workshops which will help them to understand their skillsets (creating benchmarks and monitoring progress) and their own leadership styles. These workshops will take place in class. Writing individual reports: Students, as part of summative assessment, will submit individual reports where they will present problem landscape, solutions landscape and opportunities for intervention Reflective log: students will complete weekly blogs on the learning process to reflect on the skills and knowledge acquired during the course, and their understanding of themselves as social impact leaders. These blogposts will be thematised using specific skills and leadership concepts. Presentations: students will deliver presentations to a panel of external stakeholders, outlining their understanding of given social challenges, current solutions, and the scope for effective new interventions.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Stokes, D. ,Wilson, N. and Mador, M. (2010). Entrepreneurship, CENGAGE Learning. 

Elkington, John & Hartigan Pamela (2008). The power of unreasonable people : how social entrepreneurs create markets that change the world. 

Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Osterwalder, Alexander. Business model generation: a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers. 

Novogratz, Jacqueline (2009). The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. 

Polak, Paul (2008). Out of poverty: what works when traditional approaches fail. 

Sommerrock, Katharina (2011). Social entrepreneurship business models. 

Bornstein, David & Davis, Susan (2010). Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. 

Next Billion: Development Through Enterprise.

Guardian Social Enterprise Network.

Prahalad, C. K (2010). The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid : eradicating poverty through profits. 

Yunus, Muhammad (2010). Building social business the new kind of capitalism that serves humanity's most pressing needs. 

Harvard Business Review Blog.

Nicholls, Alex (2007). Social entrepreneurship: new models of sustainable social change. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance 5%
Attendance and engagement 5%
Blog 10%
Individual report  ( words) 60%
Oral presentation  (7 minutes) 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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