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MSc Social and Community Enterprise Management

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  • Objectives
    The main aims and objectives of the programme are to:enable the student to: - obtain a critical understanding of the concepts and practice of social and community enterprise, social capital and social information; - establish ways in which social and community enterprises contribute to individual and community empowerment, economic growth and social development; - acquire key skills and learning tools with which to set up new social enterprises or support existing social and community organisations in their entrepreneurial endeavours; - obtain a critical understanding of the international context of social and community enterprises and how globalisation and technology affect their work in theor communities; - develop personal development plans for starting and/or managing their own social and community enterprises, being part of a wider learning community, and manage personal, social and economic change.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications 2.1 or equivalent; IELTS 6.5; TOEFL 240/580
  • Academic Title
    MSc Social and Community Enterprise Management
  • Course description

    Course Description
    The MSc in Social and Community Enterprise Management allows students to examine social and community-based entrepreneurship. Students learn to distinguish between issues of social responsibility of businesses and see how social networking and social capital combine innovatively with traditional sources of technological, financial and human capital.

    Modules and Options

    The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.

    Stage 1

        COMPREHENSIVE BUSINESS PLAN
        Compulsory: BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS
        Compulsory: ENTREPRENEURSHIP POLICY, CULTURE, AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
        Compulsory: GOVERNANCE AND THE PUBLIC AND NON-PROFIT SECTORS
        Compulsory: THEORIES OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
        Core: RESOURCING SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY ENTERPRISES
        DISSERTATION
        LEADERSHIP IN THE PUBLIC AND NON-PROFIT SECTORS
        SOCIAL CAPITAL AND SOCIAL NETWORKING

    Teaching and Assessment Methods

    Course Aims
     
    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : Ideas, theory and practice of social and community enterprises, and their application in various regional scenarios
        A2 : The value of entrepreneurship and economic development policy with specific reference to social and community enterprise issues in different social and economic contexts
        A3 : In-depth and critical understanding of key issues in the regional economic development, including regulatory framework issues, the role of institutions, social capital, political, legal, technological and socio-cultural factors, and how they affect social and community ventures
        A4 : Epistemological issues and in-depth and critical understanding of types and processes of social entrepreneurship and economic development
        A5 : In-depth and critical understanding of the leadership, governance, stakeholding and related issues of regional social and community enterprise management
        A6 : In-depth and critical understanding of the research process and the application of a range of research techniques.
        A7 : Development of critical theoretical appreciation of 'how', 'why' and 'where' social entrepreneurship contributes to and supports regional economic development, and the development of these issues into a dissertation

        Teaching Methods
        Applies to (A) 1 - 5 inclusive
        Directed pre-reading and writing tasks on different aspects of social and community entrepreneurship and economic development; lectures;

        Discussions with tutors and supervisors on the values, principles and applications of entrepreneurship and regional economic theory to the development and practice of social and community enterprises;

        Directed self-study, observation and reflection of practice; comparative case work in workshops and the classroom; consultation with library materials, projects with enterprises, public agencies, presentations of findings related to models, strategies and good practice; examination of critical topics.

        Formative assessments will be made through individual assessments group work and oral presentations. Related feedback, coupled with peer group interaction, should enable students to explore and augment their understanding of the topics, and develop their presentation skills. Summative assessments will be made through assignments and examinations.

        Applies to (A) 6 and 7 only
        Self-directed study with supervision.

        Assessment Methods
        Learning outcomes (1) - (6) are formally assessed by course work assignments and written examinations.

        Learning outcomes (4), (6) and (7) are assessed by the dissertation.

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : Identify, design, develop, create, codify, synthesise, and critically review/analyse theoretical and practical arguments on entrepreneurial opportunities, strategies from a social and community angle, and tools for new ventures and public policy for economic development in particular contexts and for different purposes
        B2 : Identify, develop and critically review theories of regional economic and entrepreneurship development; with particular reference to social and community enterprises
        B3 : Construction and use of appropriate methodologies and problem-centred/solution focused learning methods in the creation and development of social and community enterprises
        B4 : Assimilation and acquisition of skills in preparation for developing a dissertation
        B5 : B1 -B4, plus: Carrying out independent research and formulating coherent and cogent arguments

        Teaching Methods
        Applies to (B) 1 - 4 inclusive
        Lectures; workshop exercises, preparation of individual and team-based assignments, presentations of assignments to academic and practitioner panels; peer group work; final examination.

        Recommended directed reading, networking with external communities of practice, peer groups, practitioners; reference to public and private fora.

        Development of learning logs from the beginning of the course.

        Lectures and directed self-study for the identification of different research paradigms, techniques and methods used in traditional dissertation, and those which can be used to inform and support practical scenarios.

        Formative assessment will consist of individual assignments, group work and oral presentations. Related feedback, coupled with peer group interaction, should enable students to explore and augment their understanding of the topics, and develop their presentation skills.

        Applies to (B) 5 only
        Self-directed study with supervision.

        Assessment Methods
        Applies to (B) 1 - 4 inclusive

        Lectures; workshop exercises, preparation of individual and team-based assignments, presentations of assignments to academic and practitioner panels; peer group work; final examination.

        Recommended directed reading, networking with external communities of practice, peer groups, practitioners; reference to public and private fora.

        Development of learning logs from the beginning of the course.

        Lectures and directed self-study for the identification of different research paradigms, techniques and methods used in traditional dissertation, and those which can be used to inform and support practical scenarios.

        Formative assessment will consist of individual assignments, group work and oral presentations. Related feedback, coupled with peer group interaction, should enable students to explore and augment their understanding of the topics, and develop their presentation skills.

        Applies to (B) 5 only

        Self-directed study with supervision.

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Compare and contrast different theoretical and practical approaches to social and community entrepreneurship and economic development in different regions
        C2 : Understand and appreciate features of the regional economic context, and describe and critique these features in relation to the study of social and community entrepreneurship
        C3 : Lay the detailed, analytical ground work for the development of a dissertation
        C4 : C1 - C3, plus: Development of practical plans for independent research in the form of a dissertation

        Teaching Methods
        Applies to (C) 1- 3 inclusive
        Direct reading, lectures; review with practitioner/policy making advisory group; networking with peers; reference to public and private fora, the International Entrepreneurship Forum; on-line discussions; formation of teams linked to small enterprises and economic development agencies; international visits and activities; workshops; discussions with tutors and supervisors; projects; maintenance of learning logs.

        Routine classwork, management of self-learning, group work and interactions with experts will provide an informal means for assessment of the practical skills acquired by the students.

        Applies to (C) 3 only

        Self-directed study with supervision.

        Assessment Methods
        Learning Outcomes (1) - (3) are formally assessed by course work assignments, written examinations, and the presentation of individual and group work. Learning outcome (4) is assessed by the completion of a dissertation.

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : Oral and written communication to different audiences in a coherent, cogent and effective manner.
        D2 : Use of information technologies including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistical and web-based packages to read, download, analyse, and evaluate different types of data and information
        D3 : Use and manipulate different types of numerical data, solve mathematically based problems, apply and interpret statistical data
        D4 : Use and application of analytical, morphological and other creative problem skills
        D5 : Understanding and appreciation of different communities of interest, good spoken and written communication skills, empathy and resolution of conflict.
        D6 : Developing ability to create individual learning logs; developing time management and critical task prioritisation skills, meeting deadlines, evaluating self-learning

        Teaching Methods
        Applies to (D) 1 - 6 inclusive
        Key projects on different aspects of entrepreneurship and economic development, as per assignments; support and evaluation of supervisors and practitioner panel (including their feedback); links with the external platforms, such as OECD Trento Centre for Entrepreneurship, International Entrepreneurship Forum, i.10; maintenance of learning log.

        Communication in the classroom, written assignments, group work, interactions with external and internal providers and experts, and use of information should provide for the means of assessing the range of key skills.

        Assessment Methods
        Learning outcomes (1), (3) and (4) will be assessed by presentations of individual and group work.
        A variety of written coursework assignments and written examinations will assess (2).

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