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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MANM161
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: FOSTER DJ Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)

Individual essay (1500 words) examine understanding concepts and areas of debate


Group report constituting either an analysis of a social enterprise or social entrepreneurial project, or an idea for such an enterprise/project with supporting evidence/explanation


Module Overview
This module introduces students to two related but distinct areas of business and entrepreneurship, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. Both the latter claim a distinction from or within the former in terms of their focus on 'social objects'. While both have a history, they have become of increasing global politcal, social and economic interest, and knowledge of this area will offer significant intellectual capital to students.
Module Aims
The purpose of the module is to engage students with knowledge of this exciting, challenging and growing area of enterprise and entrepreneurship, introducing social, political and ethical dimensions that may re-orientate their previous thinking.
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the module students should be:

  • Familiar with concepts of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship (K)
  • Make a critical assessment of these concepts in relation to 'mainstream' business and entrepreneurship (K, C)
  • Discuss the challenges and possibilities for such distinct modes of enterprise and entrepreneurship (K, C & P)
  • Understand debates around frameworks of support (C & T)
  • Experiential understanding of socially engaged and orientated working (P & T)
Module Content
  • Introducing Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship: Preliminary Logics, Politics and Ethics of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Differences and Changes of Language use: Making sense of the terminology (e.g. community development, community enterprise, social businesses, etc)
  • Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship in History (e.g. The Rochdale Pioneers, Mondragon, Robert Owen, Josephine Butler, Erin Pizzey)
  • Problems, Needs and Human Flourishing - the Opportunities of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Margins, Social Movements and Social Capital
  • Socialist Entrepreneurship, Market Socialism and Communitarinism
  • Entrepreneurialising the Social, and Socialising the Entrepreneurial
  • Venture Philanthropy, Mutuality and other Resources
  • Legal Frameworks
  • Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship and Accountability
  • The Local and the Global
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The teaching and learning strategy is designed, in the first instance, to give solid grounding in the core ideas and literature, to build on student analytical skills, thinking in relation to practice and ability to construct sound claims and argument in relation to the area. The facilitation of group working in order to experience socially working upon socially enterprising ideas will be another core element of the strategy.

The teaching and learning methods include classic lecture format with separate seminar or tutorial input pending numbers. There would also be workshop sessions, enabling students to work together in groups, present and discuss ideas.
Selected Texts/Journals

Expected Purchase

Pearce, J. 2003, Social Enterprise in Anytown, London, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


Leadbeater, C. 1997, The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur, London, Demos 

Nicholls, A. (Ed) 2005/6, Social Entrepreneurship: New Paradigms in Sustainable Social Change, Oxford, Oxford University Press

Other Indicative Reading

Borzaga, C. and Defourny, J. 2004, The Emergence of Social Enterprise, London and New York, Routledge

Kirby, D. 2003, Entrepreneurship, London, McGraw-Hill

Landry, C. et al 1985, What a Way to Run a Railroad: An Analysis of Radical Failure, London, Comedia

Whyte, W.F. and Whyte, K.K. 1988, Making Mondragon: The Growth and Dynamics of the Worker Cooperative Complex, Ithaca, NY, ILR Press


Social Innovation Review
Social Enterprise

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