CCGL9068 Global Issues

Social Entrepreneurship for Social Impact


Course Description

The approach of social entrepreneurship is increasingly being adopted to address complex societal problems from local to global scale. Broadly defined, social entrepreneurship refers to innovative, social value creating activities which can occur within or across the business, nonprofit and public sectors.

The course introduces students to the academic foundation of social entrepreneurship, including entrepreneurship and management studies in connections with systems thinking, sustainable value chains, and collaborative governance. The analysis of case studies will illustrate the enabling eco-systems, policy contexts, institutional arrangements, stakeholder engagements and other practical issues in the development and management of social entrepreneurship or social ventures in different socio-economic landscapes. 

The knowledge and skills developed through the course will equip students with the capacity to become more effective and imaginative social entrepreneurs across a broad range of sectors. This will, in turn, be crucial for their journey of self-development as global citizens.

[A compulsory one-day field trip will take place during Reading Week.]

Course Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the complexities of problems embedded in socio-political and economic systems.
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of the range of feasible trajectories associated with the social entrepreneurship approach.
  3. Cultivate a sense of moral obligation and civic duty to act as responsible global citizens.
  4. Make use of the skills, knowledge and concepts covered in the course to identify unmet needs and develop innovative cross-sector solutions to tackle multi-faceted problems.
  5. Be able to communicate and advocate for a wider appreciation of our rights, duties, responsibilities and capacity for collective action driven by a social mission.

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

Second semester (Wed)


Study Load

Activities Number of hours
Lectures 24
Tutorials 8
Fieldwork / Visits 3
Reading / Self-study 50
Assessment: Essay / Report writing 16
Assessment: Presentation (incl preparation) 21
Total: 122

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
Group project 50
Individual essay 35
Tutorial, In-class exercises and field trip participation 15

Required Reading / Viewing

Publications:

Webpage:

Videos/podcasts:


Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Dr V.H.Y. Chu
Centre for Civil Society and Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 5539
Email: vivianhy@hku.hk
Teacher(s) Contact
Dr V.H.Y. Chu
Centre for Civil Society and Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 5539
Email: vivianhy@hku.hk
Professor W.F. Lam
Centre for Civil Society and Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 2391
Email: dwflam@hku.hk
Dr M.J. Burnett
Centre for Civil Society and Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 7391
Email: maggieb@hku.hk
Dr W.W.Y. Law
Centre for Civil Society and Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 7392
Email: wwylaw@hku.hk