Social Enterprise Management

Module description

This module aims to give you the opportunity to explore how a social enterprise balances its social and environmental goals with financial sustainability, applying academic learning in a real world context and introducing you to the world of business and social enterprise. In the context of problem based learning, you will be introduced to social enterprise, and its role in relation to environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Using a variety of techniques, you will gain a broad understanding of business development for social enterprise purposes.

You will work in groups to develop a social enterprise business plan. This could be anything where there is an identified primary social need (e.g. housing, transport, flood defence, food production, health and wellbeing) or secondary social need (e.g. leisure).

You will receive step by step guidance about how to form a Social Enterprise and hear first hand from a range of invited guest speakers with expertise in different areas of Social Enterprise.  Through the process of developing a social enterprise business plan, you will be required to engage with the aims of the module.

Full module specification

Module title:Social Enterprise Management
Module code:BEP2070
Module level:2
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • - Lecturer
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module aims to enable you to understand the role of social enterprise and the principles on which such operations function.

You will learn how to identify user needs and address these through collaborative co-design and action, being resourceful and different models of leadership.

A problem based approach will allow you to better understand the potential role and impact of social media in a social enterprise context.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Summarise the basic principles of Social Enterprise, including the management of aims, objectives and stakeholders
  • 2. Distinguish between primary and secondary social needs
  • 3. Review different types of business models for a Social Enterprise
  • 4. Develop a Social Enterprise Business plan
  • 5. Recount the issues facing the management of a Social Enterprise

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Explain the concept of Social Enterprise and clarify the principles by which a Social Enterprise operates
  • 7. Critically discuss issues of Environmental Sustainability and/or Social Responsibility in the context of Social Enterprise
  • 8. Summarise the legal governance structures for establishing Social Enterprise

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Practice research skills to identify a social innovation
  • 10. Demonstrate independent and group skills and, identify the success factors for effective team work
  • 11. Articulate and critically analyse the challenges and opportunities of operating a Social Enterprise
  • 12. Use appropriate social media to support a Social Enterprise or Social Innovation
  • 13. Prepare a business plan and reflect on the experience
  • 14. Manage a group project to a successful outcome, monitoring and reporting progress in the process

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning & teaching activites10Lectures and seminars
Scheduled learning & teaching activites10Workshops and tutorial
Independent study124You will be expected to manage your time accordingly in order to work as a group member and on your own to produce the various assignments.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Proposal for Social Enterprise business plan1000 words1-3,4,9-11,13Written and oral
Presentation on the concept, structure and principles of Social Enterprise10 minute group presentation which can be either in person or a digital composition1,3,6,8-9,10, 12Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual paper on the role of Social Enterprise 302,500 words1-3,5,7,9,11Written and oral
The creation of an individual digital content that can be used to either support a Social Enterprise or articulate a Social innovation40Produce a social media presentation on a future innovation opportunity. Use a digital platform to create social media content that can be distributed and shared by individuals on the module. This may take the form of a poster, a 5 minute presentation or a 3 minute video1-3,6,8-10, 12Written and oral
Group business plan30no more than up to 4000 words1,3,4,9-11,13,14Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Proposal for Social Enterprise business plan1000 words1-3,4,9-11,13August
Deliver a poster or prepare a video on the key learnings of working on a group project to develop digital content, with a focus on key skills and personal developmentOne page poster or a 5 minute video1,3,6,8-9,10,12August

Re-assessment notes

A student will be referred in all failed components if the student fails the module with a mark of below 40% overall.

A student if deferred in a single component will be reassessed in that component only.

Syllabus plan

Indicative content

  • Social value

  • Social Enterprise: what it is, how it works

  • Competencies of Social Entrepreneurship

  • Social Enterprise: Structure and infrastructure

  • Identifying a social/environmental need

  • Social and environmental solutions

  • The opportunities and challenges facing social enterprises

  • Sources of funding & business planning

  • Financial Sustainability

  • Managing a social enterprise

  • Impact and Performance of a social venture

  • Leadership


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener.


Doherty, B. Meehan, J. Maureen, R. Foster, G. Rotheroe, N. Mason, C. (2009) Management for Social Enterprise SAGE Publications Ltd

Nicholls, A. (2008) Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change, Oxford University Press





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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Web based and electronic resources:


Other resources: as provided and recommended during classes and via ELE



Origin date

Oct 2014

Last revision date