• Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Management
  • Areas of interest Management, Sustainability
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Babita Bhatt
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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All required activities in this course can be completed remotely, but some can be taken remotely or on-campus. Details on Wattle at start of Week 1

Social enterprises and social businesses (enterprises pursuing the dual mission of financial sustainability and social purpose) are becoming important actors in addressing poverty and achieving sustainable development goals. Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, STREAT and CERES in Australia, Dialogue in the Dark in Europe, Honey Care in Africa are some of the examples of social enterprises creating livelihood opportunities for marginalized groups through their business model.

This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of social enterprise and social business and their role in social value creation. We will aim to explore how these emerging models are effective in the context of sustainable development goals and how are they addressing the current social economic challenges such as poverty, inequality and environmental crisis while remaining financially sustainable.

Students in the course are expected to be active participants in creating solutions to grand challenges and will learn how to use their skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the society.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of emerging models in “base of the pyramid” that are scalable, sustainable
  2. Examine and discuss the theory and practice of social business and social enterprise, and identify the facilitators and barriers to social entrepreneurs.
  3. Develop a systematic and critical understanding of emerging business models, and their strengths and weaknesses in addressing social and environmental challenges.
  4. Apply practical tools for their own social enterprise and social business.
  5. Describe and reflect upon contemporary development challenges and the role of social change agents
  6. Examine logistical and ethical issues related to conducting research and developing social ventures in bottom-of-the-pyramid (BOP) communities.

Indicative Assessment

In class Multiple choice questions - 3 x 5% Quiz (15%)
Group case analysis:
  Case presentation (10%)
  Case analysis report (30%)
Review of case presentation (10%)
Research paper (35%) 

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Students are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week to completing the work in this course. This will include at least 3 contact hours per week and up to 7 hours of private study time. 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3750
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8627 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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