IA20180 Social Entrepreneurship (OL)

Academic Year 2023/2024


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.

MODE OF DELIVERY: This module is delivered entirely online in a "Live Online" format.

"Live online" is a highly interactive and dynamic approach to online learning consisting of class discussions, breakout rooms, mini-breaks and team activities and projects throughout the week.

You must be available to attend and participate 9.30am-4.30pm every day of the module and complete any pre-module tasks and post-module deliverables.


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

Our teaching is grounded in academic rigour. Our focus is on ‘learning by doing’ in a real-world context. Classes include a combination of individual and team tasks and activities, along with discussions, presentations and reflection.

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

“The teaching team generated a spirit of camaraderie among students of diverse academic disciplines and backgrounds. The exercises and tasks have been brilliantly adapted to work in the virtual world, and I found them challenging and engaging.” 2020 Student

Class Size : We limit our class size to 36 students or less. We require a minimum of 16 participants to ensure enough people for teamwork and a dynamic classroom environment. On very rare occasions, if fewer than 16 registered students register, we will offer students the opportunity to join another class.


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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


Small Group




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
All Innovation Academy modules take a 'learning by doing' approach, combining individual, and group activities and tasks including presentations, discussion and reflection. Guest speakers will share their own experiences and lessons learnt.

• Active/task-based learning
• Real-world challenges set by host organisations
• Peer and Group work
• Giving and Receiving Feedback
• Reflective Learning
• Enquiry & Problem-based learning
• Student Presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
IA20060 - Social Entrepreneurship

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
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


Presentation: Team Project Presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Continuous Assessment: Tasks and activities inside and outside of the classroom Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Assignment: Reflection report 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.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 28 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 28 Thurs 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 28 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 28 Wed 09:00 - 16:50