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SOC2001 Sociology of Social Enterprise

Semester 3, 2021 Online
Short Description: Sociology of Social Enterprise
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090301 - Sociology
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 6 December 2021


Examiner: Gabriela Pohl

Other Requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Social enterprise is an important feature of regional resilience, and it plays an increasingly important role in the Australian and global economy. This course analyses social enterprise within the context of the sociological tradition and a commitment to social justice. It examines the sociological concept of civil society, the relationship between definitions of social enterprise and the values of social enterprise.


This course will introduce students to the relevance of social enterprise to international development, and prepare them for collaborative community problem solving. It enables students to engage with practical questions of how to make social enterprise work, both at a local level and as part of international development. Students will examine three key questions: why should I care?; what could I do?; and what should I know? As well as examining the more theoretical and sociological issues outlined above, students will carry out their own case study of a social enterprise or related project.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. identify the key paradigms in the study and practice of social enterprise, especially the relationship between definitions of social enterprise and values relating to social enterprise;
  2. apply classical and contemporary sociological analyses to the study of social enterprise;
  3. begin applying theoretical and empirical knowledge of social enterprise to practical questions of social justice, community development, and international development.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Sociological perspectives on social enterprise 25.00
2. Social justice and social enterprise 25.00
3. Social enterprise in practice 25.00
4. Social enterprise and international development 25.00

Text and Materials

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Chamberlain, S et al 2014, Generation next: becoming socially enterprising, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
Green D 2012, From poverty to power, 2nd edn, Oxfam.
Grint, K and Nixon, D 2015, The sociology of work, 4th edn, Polity Press, Cambridge.
Sen, A 2001, Development as freedom, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 100 30 13 Dec 2021
CASE STUDY 100 35 10 Jan 2022
PARTICIPATION 100 10 24 Jan 2022 (see note 1)
ONLINE EXAMINATION 100 25 End S3 (see note 2)

  1. All students are invited to contribute to online forum discussions. Discussions are guided by weekly questions/prompts provided by the course leader. Student contributions will be marked on a weekly basis and the total calculated at the end of the semester.
  2. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other Requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 6 December 2021