Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

This course introduces students of Aurora Universities to organizational social entrepreneurship, a process by which opportunities to create public goods are identified and created.


Course Venue

Copenhagen, Denmark

Content Areas
  • Common values and civic engagement & participation
  • Promoting active citizenship
  • Strengthening employability


Social Entrepreneurship

Potential Participants

Trainer , Educator , Staff/Professional , Youth Learner , Disadvantaged Learner

Course Duration (in days)


Next Available Course
From 24. Jun 2024
To 11. Jul 2024

Organised by

University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)




Course content, structure and pedagogical approach
This course introduces students to organizational social entrepreneurship, a process by which opportunities to create public goods are identified and created. Being an “essentially contested concept” (Choi and Majumdar, 2014) social entrepreneurship is best understood as a cluster concept covering different applications ranging from the launching of social enterprise start-ups to the transformation of industry sectors towards sustainability. In the course we will analyze the antecedents of social entrepreneurship. An essential part of the course will be an introduction to core concepts of social entrepreneurship such as the theory of change, social impact measurement tools, and hybrid organizational form selection. To suplement academic learning with handson project experience students will work in teams on a specific social entrepreneurship problem.
Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, case discussions, and group work. In addition to the daily class teaching sessions, supplementary lectures will also be available as online videos for asynchronous viewing. Since this is an intensive 3-week course it is essential that you plan enough time every week both for class preparation (10 hours per week), attending lectures (12-14 hours per week) and group work after class (10 hours per week). An intensive 3-week ISUP course is thus not made for students who are working part or full-time while also attending the summer university.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course will be held in one of the CBS Studios and in cooperation with the Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship (CSE). Both these learning spaces are designed for active and student-centered learning. During your teamwork you give feedback to your peers and receive mentoring from your peers as well as from the faculty.

European Dimension

The course welcomes students from all over Europe.

Tentative Program & Schedule

Course schedule will be posted at

Preliminary Assignment: The Nordic Nine pre-course is foundational for the summer university and identical for all bachelor courses. Students will receive an invitation with all details by the end of May. The assignment has two parts. 1.) online lectures and tutorials that student can access at their own time and 2.) one synchronous workshop which will be offered both online and in-person at several dates and times before the official start of the summer university courses. Sign-up is first come first serve. All students are expected to complete this assignment before classes begin.

Student workload

Class preparation (e.g. readings) 66 hours
Optional online lectures available via Coursera 16 hours
Site visits to social enterprises 8 hours
Teamwork 30 hours
Lectures 38 hours
Examination (take-home exam) 48 hours

Expected Outcome

Learning objectives You are expected to apply the theories introduced in this course to the analysis of your social entrepreneurship problem. Specifically you should be able to:

  • Classify definitions for social entrepreneurship at various levels of analysis and discuss how these differ in terms of their impact change generation.
  • Enumerate the antecedents of social entrepreneurial intentions and how and why they affect intentions formation.
  • Apply the notion of antagonistic assets and discuss the process through which they can be turned into social entrepreneurship opportunities with an earned income potential.
  • Describe the different organizational forms available for social enterprises and argue for which form is most appropriate for your social enterprise idea (and why).
  • Identify different tools to measure the social impact of social entrepreneurship and evaluate which best suits to your group’s idea.

About Copenhagen

Copenhagen (/ˌkoʊpənˈheɪɡən, -ˈhɑː-/ KOH-pən-HAY-gən, -⁠HAH- or /ˈkoʊpənheɪɡən, -hɑː-/ KOH-pən-hay-gən, -⁠hah-;[9] Danish: København [kʰøpm̩ˈhɑwˀn] ) is the capital and most populous city of Denmark Source: Wikipedia

Author: Mik Hartwell from Copenhagen, Denmark This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)
University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)

University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)


Forsthausweg 2, 47057 Duisburg

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Copenhagen Business School

Short Description of the Organisation

Copenhagen Business School (Danish: Handelshøjskolen i København) often abbreviated and referred to as CBS (also in Danish), is a public university situated in Copenhagen, Denmark and is considered one of the most prestigious business schools in Western Europe and the world.

Source: Wikipedia

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