SASE21 Entrepreneurship: Social lnnovation - a Strategy for Sustainability, 7.5 credits
Technical innovations alone have proven to be insufficient to address the pressing
challenges of today such as climate change, resource depletion, economic
deprivation, poverty alleviation, increased migration and improved life quality.
Therefore non-technical innovations are also required to enable transitions to more
sustainable solutions. Social innovations include new solutions (products, services,
models, markets, processes etc.) that simultaneously meet a social need (more
efficiently and effectively than existing solutions) and lead to new or improved
capabilities, assets and/or relationships.
Based on academic research on social innovation, the objective of the course is to
provide students with knowledge of how to explore and evaluate social innovations in
theory and practice. The course will also explain and provide examples on how to
transfer academic knowledge into practice in uncertain environments and how to
i nitiate and carry out teamwork.
The first part of the course contains introduction to the broad academic field of social
innovations. In this part the students will learn about the broad multi disciplinary field
of social innovations including an introduction to important key concepts in social
innovations The second part of the course contains application of methods for
discovering and evaluating social innovations. The third part contains the initiation of,
and carrying out group assignment/project in their practice of social innovations. In
this part the students are working in teams during the course. Here they will practice
group assignment/project and how it affects the creation of social innovations.