Social Entrepreneurship Practicum (COMM5030)

Social entrepreneurs use business thinking and processes to develop operating models aimed at creating positive social outcomes for people in need. 

The Social Entrepreneurship Practicum (COMM5030) is designed to integrate theory with experiential practice and involves authentic engagement with partner organisations. It enables students to develop professional skills while working in a team on a real social entrepreneurship project. 

Students will 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. 

Students will work with a social entrepreneur on a consulting process that requires teamwork, autonomy and strategic thinking. 

Students have the opportunity to gain practical business experience by applying their 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 students work on. 

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 is the student’s responsibility to ensure that this course will count within your program requirements.

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

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

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