Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship

Course Syllabus Focus

Nonprofit Sector
Social Sector

Course Syllabus Institution

Indiana University
Lenkowsky, Leslie
“Social entrepreneurship” is a phrase widely used today in the nonprofit sector, business, and even government. But what exactly is it? How does it work? What is different about it? What does it really accomplish? And what challenges does it face?

This course will provide students with an introduction to principles and practices in social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship is defined as the establishment and management of innovative social mission-driven ventures. While entrepreneurship for commercial gain (in for- profit organizations) has been studied extensively, the study of entrepreneurship for social gain is in its infancy. This course is designed to give current and future nonprofit, business and government managers and leaders an overview of a range of topics in this emerging field. This course will focus particularly on social entrepreneurship in the nonprofit and public sectors.

Upon successful completion of this course, students can expect to have:

o familiarity with major works in the social entrepreneurship literature
o knowledge of social entrepreneurship methods and practices
o understanding of laws, standards, and guidelines applicable to social entrepreneurship o experience in analyzing social entrepreneurship dilemmas and proposing responses
o recognition of the similarities and differences in entrepreneurship in different sectors o familiarity with resources useful for further investigation of social entrepreneurship


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