Undergraduate Course: Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship (BUST10143)
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Entrepreneurs taking risks and creating new social or environmentally-friendly firms have the potential to become a major force for environmental and social change in the transition towards sustainable, socially-just economies and societies. This course is designed to equip students with the intellectual tools to scan the marketplace for new environmental or social opportunities or green innovations; analyse their market potential; understand the economic, financial, and regulatory risks of engaging in green or social entrepreneurship; and to create realistic and feasible business models and plans to address the opportunities and delivery and assess social and environmental impact.
The aim of the course is to enhance students' capabilities to recognise, critically assess and articulate opportunities related to the green and social economy; to understand the resources required to underpin venture development and growth; and know from where and how to access these resources. The course also seeks to help participants to develop a greater awareness of their personal goals, motivations, strengths and limitations in the context of ventures creation and growth in the social and sustainable market space, whether that is in the context of forming new ventures, joining a young venture or looking to initiate a new business activity within an existing organisation.
Students will engage directly with venture creation practice by evaluating opportunities in the green business to business marketplace and analysing the feasibility of new green and social business models. They will conduct primary and secondary research on local or social ventures to evaluate their impact model and assess their ability to drive forward social change. Seminar discussions will focus on multiple business cases of green and social businesses to highlight the challenges their founders have faced and how they develop their green or social strategies.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must have at least 4 Business courses at grade B or above. This MUST INCLUDE one Entrepreneurship course at advanced level (equivalent to BUST10117 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation. This course cannot be taken alongside BUST08015 Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Plastics Observatory, 500-750 words (15%)
Individual Reflective Essay, 2000 words (30%).
Green Venture Feasibility Analysis (55%) comprising:
1. maximum 25 pages analysis (including appendices) (45%) - Peer assessment will contribute 20% of this grade.
2. Group presentation of the business plan to a panel of 'Green Dragons' (10%).
||Marks and Generic Feedback for Group Assignment and Individual Assignment -
Your marks will be posted on Learn (together with generic feedback and examination statistics) as soon as possible after the Boards of Examiners meeting (normally early-mid June).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Reflect upon and critically evaluate theories and concepts underpinning green and sustainable entrepreneurship and venture creation.
- Understand and discuss critically the linkages between entrepreneurship and venture creation, development and growth within the context of green and sustainable opportunity exploitation in new and existing organisations.
- Understand and discuss critically the issues which are relevant in the identification and screening of opportunities within the green and sustainable economy, for commercialisation and exploitation within new and existing ventures.
- Understand how to develop and articulate social impact models for new social ventures.
- Choose the appropriate social venture model for their social or environmental goals.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research & Enquiry:
Problem solving: identify, create, and evaluate options to solve complex problems in order to identify green and social venture opportunities.
Critical Thinking: evaluate the usefulness and efficacy of different information sources and make judgements based on them.
Independent research: conduct primary and secondary research enquiry into relevant issues through research design and the collection of qualitative and quantitative information.
Personal & Intellectual Autonomy:
Ethics and social responsibility: develop reflective awareness of ethical dimensions and responsibility to others in work and everyday life. Be able to recognise ethical dilemmas in the venture creation and social enterprise process.
Commercial / Professional Situational Awareness: display commercial acumen and knowledge of current local and global business landscapes.
Team working: Effectively perform within team environments and capitalise on individuals' different thinking, experience and skills.
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
Verbal communication and presentation.
Influencing and negotiation skills.
|Keywords||GSE,Green entrepreneurship,social entrepreneurship
|Course organiser||Dr Benjamin Spigel
Tel: (0131 6)51 5552
|Course secretary||Miss Anne Cunningham
Tel: (0131 6)50 3827