IA20060 Entrepreneurship for Social Good

Academic Year 2021/2022

All UCD Innovation Academy modules are delivered online in the 2020/21 Academic Year. Classes will run from 9.30am – 4.30pm each day with a combination of live online classes, self-directed learning and group activities. See https://www.innovators.ie/undergraduate-electives/ for more info and testimonials from our students.

This module will introduce students to the concept of Social Entrepreneurship, a rapidly growing sector that is focused on the development and implementation of solutions that address social and environmental issues. The overall aims of this module are to help students understand the characteristics that define a social enterprise; identify problem areas and contexts within which social enterprises are launched; develop ideas for potential social ventures; consider how to evaluate the impact of social enterprises, and to be able to investigate how their own specific interests and existing discipline-specific knowledge can be applied in this sector.

Days in this module are varied; they often include conversations with guest social entrepreneurs, hands-on activities and immersive challenges, and class discussions. Throughout the module, students will develop a variety of skills (e.g. creativity, communication, problem-solving, teamwork) that are increasingly sought by employers.

In short, students will be provided with a toolkit and the mindset to create a better tomorrow.

Timetable and Schedule

This module will run two times in the 2020/21 Academic Year, including one offering ('intake') in early January before Trimester Two begins (7th-13th January, excluding the weekend), and one offering ('intake') during the study/fieldwork week in March (8-12 March). Each 'intake' consists of a series of five full-day workshops.

UCD Innovation Academy

At the UCD Innovation Academy, we are a group of Educator Practitioners with extensive real-world experience as academics, business and social entrepreneurs, tech thinkers, creative professionals and design thinking practitioners. 

We take an action-oriented approach to learning, with a combination of individual, group and class tasks and activities, including discussions, presentations and reflection. All of our teaching is grounded in academic rigor, but our focus is on ‘learning by doing’ in a real-world context.

**Enrolment in an Innovation Academy module means a commitment to active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at all scheduled classes**


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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the module, participants should be able to:

• Explore social entrepreneurship and the variety of contexts within which social ventures are launched
• Critically evaluate and assess the motivational drivers and decision-making processes behind the development of social ventures
• Examine the potential for social ventures in relation to one’s discipline or specific interests
• Learn how to design and launch social ventures by combining skills in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking
• Develop an understanding of how social ventures can be evaluated

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
On completion of this module, participants should be able to:

• Active/task-based learning
• Peer and Group work
• Reflective Learning
• Enquiry & Problem-based learning
• Student Presentations
• Case Study Learning

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BMGT20160 - Business and Social Enterprise, IA40250 - Social Entrepreneurship

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Team Project Presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Assignment: Reflection Report Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Continuous Assessment: Online and offline tasks and activities Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Attendance: This module requires active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at ALL scheduled classes (80% attendance is required to pass this component) . Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to students upon request. This will include feedback based on their participation during the module and their deliverables.