Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Entrepreneurship and venture seeking do not only exist in for-profit businesses but they can equally exist in other sectors. Social entrepreneurship focuses on these other sectors where social enterprise, its formation and development as a pursuit of social objectives is practiced. The course explores the use of innovative methods (including different products, foundations and organisations) to invoke action to practice, yield and sustain societal benefits. The course examines contemporary examples of socially entrepreneurial organisations, their benefits and limitations and their varied organisational structures and designs.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically analyse current and emerging trends in the field of social entrepreneurship, locally, nationally and globally

2. Identify and critically evaluate relevant contemporary social entrepreneurship theories and philosophies

3. Critique the relevance and significance of social enterprises in economic and social terms in the context of government policy and broader societal development

4. Demonstrate experiential learning acquired in developing social enterprise initiatives through the application of knowledge, skills and attributes drawn from the field of social entrepreneurship


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. History, nature and scope of social entrepreneurship
  2. Local, national and global practices and trends in social entrepreneurship
  3. Social Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship opportunities. Social Impact perspectives. Contemporary Social Entrepreneurship philosophy and theories. Social enterprise feasibility and planning process options.
  4. Ethical social entrepreneurial behaviours and practices
  5. Stakeholder management and influence in GO's and NGO's
  6. Funding- Capital, Revenue and Sponsorship challenges for Social Enterprise management and sustainability.
  7. New strategies for Social innovation and market based approaches

Assumed knowledge

MNGT1002 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MNGT2002 Business Venturing

Assessment items

Essay: Individual Essay

Report: Group Report

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.