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Study Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University (Full Online Course)

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Social entrepreneurs are gaining international attention motivated by the desire for change and to see the world as it can be, not as it is. Students in the course will learn how social entrepreneurs have developed creative solutions to address social problems. The intention of the course is to develop knowledge, appreciate of the role of social entrepreneurs that create social change, deepen students understanding of the world around them, and to inspire you to use your skills and knowledge to be as Gandhi said, ‘the change you wish to see in the world’.

Students in this course will gain knowledge about social entrepreneurs and how they are creating solutions to address societal problems, learn how to develop creative solutions to address social problems, and empower you to see social entrepreneurship as a force for social change. The course is designed for you if you want to gain valuable tools to prepare you to make an impact on the lives of others.

For information on how the courses work, and a link to our course demonstration site, please click here.

Programme details

Unit 1: Introduction to social entrepreneurship: The journey ahead

  • Profile of social entrepreneurs
  • Create your own profile of a social entrepreneur
  • Grounding in social entrepreneurship
  • Typology of ventures
  • Definitional disputes
  •  Initial questions on social entrepreneurship

Unit 2: Creating social change: The social value proposition and identifying a social business opportunity

  • Seizing social business opportunities
  • Legal structure
  • Social entrepreneurship profiles
  • Community asset mapping
  • Profile of a social entrepreneur: Albina Ruiz, Ciudad Saludable
  • Social value proposition
  • Triple bottom line

Unit 3: Understanding poverty: The Sustainable Development Goals

  • The critical need to alleviate poverty
  • Ecosystem approach
  • The role of cooperatives in addressing poverty
  • Profile of a social organization: Grameen Bank

Unit 4: Human-Centered Design: Partnering with the targeted community to address social problems

  • Profile of a social organisation: IDEO
  • The role of mind mapping in creating solutions
  • Empowerment model: Partnering with targeted community

Unit 5: Developing a theory of change: Starting with the social impact

  • Theory of change explained
  • Understanding the theory of change more deeply
  • Brief introduction to systems thinking
  • Profile of a social organization: Global Social Benefit Incubator

Unit 6: Envisioning an innovative society: The role of social innovation

  • Social Innovations: A critical element to scaling social impact
  • Disruptive innovations
  • Profile of a social entrepreneur: Dr. Venkataswamy, Aravind Eye Institute, India

Unit 7: The business model: Creating a social business model

  • The role of the business model in starting a social venture
  • Equitable distribution of value
  • The role of the business model: The business model canvas
  • Social business model framework
  • Profile of a social entrepreneur: Husk Power Systems
  • Business model canvas exercise
  • Business model execution failure

Unit 8: Funding social ventures: Strategies for success

  • Sustainable funding sources: Earned income
  • Profile of a social entrepreneur: Furniture Resource Centre
  • Traditional funding sources
  • Social investment funding sources
  • Investing in a social venture
  • Relationship building with donors and investors

Unit 9: The driving force behind social entrepreneurship: Measurement and scaling social impact

  • Building the foundation
  • Profile of a social entrepreneur: KickStart
  • Scalability through expansion
  • Measurement tools

Unit 10: The future: Reflection and shared experiences

  • Path to social entrepreneurship
  • Thoughts for changemakers
  • ‘Be the Change’ reflection paper

We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Open toAll Nationalities
OrganizerOxford University



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