Social Entrepreneurship Practicum (COMM5030)

As organisations increasingly turn their attention to balancing profit and purpose, the demand for talent with a socially-conscious mindset is on the rise. 

If you’re interested in the social entrepreneurship space and building skills that can’t be gained in the classroom, then Career Accelerator’s Social Entrepreneurship Practicum (COMM5030) is the program for you.  

UNSW Business School has partnered with social sector organisations to provide authentic career experiences that integrate theory with experiential practice.  

For you, this means an opportunity to work with industry, social enterprises, not-for-profits and foundations to develop and conduct a variety of applied projects in different areas of social entrepreneurship.  

This program is offered in Terms 1, 2 and 3, as well as in an intensive mode during the Summer session.  

Good question! You will work with a social entrepreneur on a consulting process that requires teamwork, autonomy and strategic thinking as part of a team.  

In this course, you will have the opportunity to gain practical business experience by applying your business skills and knowledge within a social entrepreneurship context.  

The course is designed in a 'flipped classroom' mode with six online pre-workshop modules and weekly face-to-face workshops during which theory is applied to practical examples and time is spent on social entrepreneurship projects.  

Each practicum experience will be different depending on the social entrepreneurship project that you work on.  

Let’s see. The course is the capstone course for the Master of Commerce Global Sustainability and Social Enterprise specialisation.  

This course may also be taken as a free elective in other Master of Commerce and Master of Commerce (Extension) specialisations. Please refer to specialisation UNSW Handbook entries. 

You can self-enrol into this course. Career Accelerator: Essentials modules must be completed prior to enrolment, log in using student-enrolment key: Career_Accelerator. If you’re not a UNSW Business School student, please email Career Accelerator. 

Please note - if you’re undertaking this course as an elective, it’s recommended you refer to your program handbook and the progression plans to understand your current progression and program. It’s your responsibility to ensure that this course will count within your program requirements. 

Assessment tasks include a project scope, a project presentation, a final project report, and a personal and professional reflection.  

Assessment tasks are designed to provide a consulting style framework to create value for the social entrepreneur client, and to enable you to demonstrate your ability to apply and synthesise social entrepreneurship concepts - all while engaged in practical business development.   

  • Multiple choice quizzes 10%  
  • Project Scope 15% 
  • Project Presentation and Report 45% 
  • Personal & Professional Reflection 30%