Social Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age

The fast-paced development of new digital technologies provides powerful resources for addressing today’s social and environmental challenges. Combining the perspectives of business entrepreneurship, regional science and information systems, this Micro Course will uncover the potential of digitally connected social entrepreneurship as an agile and exciting vehicle for creating positive social and environmental change.
What’s it about?

In this Micro Course, you will learn about social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, and the role that they play addressing the many social problems challenging individuals and communities across the globe. We will examine some of the environmental forces driving the rise in socially entrepreneurial initiatives, and explore the different motivations and activities of social enterprises at local, global and national levels 

What will I learn?

Upon Completion of this Micro Course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how social entrepreneurship, social enterprise and social innovation, as distinct theoretical concepts, are useful mechanisms for creating social impact within regional, national and global economies and communities.
  • Evaluate the historical and contemporary socio-political, environmental and technological factors which have given rise to, and impact upon the activities of socially entrepreneurial projects and organisations.
What’s involved?
  • Engagement with course content
  • Interaction with discussion boards, to help share and develop your understanding of the complex nature of social enterprise. 



Image credit: Wall Mural by Volkan Olme adapted by Sophie Ross



Current Start learning

Course Code: SEDA301
Available: 21 March 2018
Finishes: 31 December 2020
Duration: 2 weeks,2 hours
Type: Micro course

Credentialing: Non-formal recognition
Course Credit: None at this stage.
Additional Courses:
Credential: Non at this time
Level: 3rd year Bachelor’s 2nd year Bachelor’s

Who are the developers:
Dr Sophie Ross, is a lecturer with the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE). Sophie’s research interests include social enterprises and cross-sector partnerships. Sophie’s recently Read More
Dr Winyu Chinthammit, is a deputy director of Human Interface Technology Lab Australia (HIT Lab AU), School of Engineering and ICT in the Faculty of Engineering, Read More
Dr Mary Duniam, is a PhD Candidate with the Institute for Regional Development (IRD), Cradle Coast Campus. Mary’s research focus is on local government and social Read More
Ryan Brunton, is the Educational Technologist for the College of Sciences and Engineering at UTAS. Working within the academic development sphere, his primary role is Read More