MM379-Social Enterprise

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2022/3

Module Convenor: Dr Amal Ahmadi

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This is an interactive and practical module aiming to give students a comprehensive introduction to the social enterprise sector. 


By the end of this module students will be able to: 

• Understand the role of the social enterprise in society 

• Recognise the impact of various stakeholders on the development, survival, and growth of such organisations

Assessable learning outcomes:

• Differentiate between social and private enterprises in terms of goals and resources

• Develop and conduct a strategic analysis of a social enterprise 

• Evaluate different measures of performance and impact ascribed to social enterprises

Additional outcomes:

• Teamwork

• Presentation

• Reflection on personal development

Outline content:

The module sessions will revolve around the following topics:  

  • Understanding social enterprise

  • Entrepreneurial opportunity recognition, development, and evaluation

  • Mission and business models

  • Leadership and people management in social enterprise

  • Funding and partnerships

  • Marketing for social enterprise

  • Strategic decision making  and managing growth in social enterprise

  • Social impact, accountability and managing a triple bottom line

Global context:

This module draws on real life examples of social enterprises that address social and/or environmental issues across the globe.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This is an interactive module. Sessions are comprised of a combination of formal lectures, group work, and presentations from social entrepreneurs. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 5
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Preparation for presentations 15
    Group study tasks 40
    Essay preparation 70
    Reflection 10
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Oral assessment and presentation 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:
No examination

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

• Team presentation 40% - Final week of Spring Term. Marks to be adjusted on the basis of participation where needed.

• Individual essay and reflection 60% - 2,500 words (+/-10%), to be submitted after the module ends.

Formative assessment methods:

Through in-class discussions, interactive exercises and group discussions, students receive peer feedback and feedback from the tutor on their understanding of the subject. This will support work that needs to be undertaken for the summative assessments.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission by coursework

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 22 September 2022


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