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SOC2001 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
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 23 May 2022


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.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 3, 2022 Online
Date printed 23 May 2022