Social Entrepreneurship Syllabus - BBA (PU)

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Course Description

Course Objectives

The main objective of this course is to impart students with the fundamental knowledge social entrepreneurship and the skills to require for launching, managing and achieving growth of social enterprise as a career option.

Course Description

This course deals with a number of topics such as the concepts of social entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurship ideas and opportunities, developing concept of social enterprise and social enterprise business plan, social enterprise fundraising and marketing, and social enterprise launch, growth and goal attainment

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of social entrepreneurship;
  • Know social entrepreneurs;
  • Recognize opportunities and generate ideas of social enterprises;
  • Develop social enterprise concepts and models;
  • Identify and analyze entrepreneurial opportunities;
  • Write social venture plans;
  • Measure social value; and
  • Launch social enterprise and prepare for its growth

Unit Contents

Course Contents

Unit I: Introduction                                                                                                   5 hours

Nature and concept of social entrepreneurship; Myths about social entrepreneurship; Emergence of social entrepreneurship as global movement; Pioneers of social entrepreneurship; Process of social entrepreneurship; Growth of social entrepreneurship; Theories of social entrepreneurship; The forces on social entrepreneurship.

Unit II: Social Entrepreneurs                                                                                   5 hours

Social entrepreneurs: concept, traits, and characteristics of successful social entrepreneurs, functions; Difference between social entrepreneurs, business entrepreneurs, government and activism; Examples of world renowned social entrepreneurs.

Unit III: Ideas and Opportunities                                                                             6 hours

Introduction to social entrepreneurship ideas and opportunities; Creative process of social entrepreneurship: access to information, utilization of information, creativity and ideas; Moving from ideas to opportunities; Sources of opportunities.

Unit IV: Developing Social Enterprise Concept                                                      5 hours

Introduction to social enterprise concept; Social enterprise mission; Business models; Types of business model; Threats to business model.

Unit V: Social Enterprise Business Plans                                                                5 hours

Concept of business plan; Business plan summary; Description of the enterprise; The team; The market and industry; Marketing and fundraising; Financial plan; Goals and objectives with a timeline; Risk assessment; Supporting document; Pitfalls.

Unit VI: Measuring Social Value                                                                              5 hours

Concept of social value; Need for measuring social value; Methods of measuring social value; Social return on investment; Measuring vulnerability and efficiency of social enterprise; Organizational effectiveness of social enterprise.

Unit VII: Entrepreneurial Fundraising and Marketing                                           7 hours

Introduction; Types of fundraising; Personal relationships; Direct mail; Fundraising events; Tele-funding; Traditional media; Virtual means; Spending of raised funds; fundraising strategies; Social enterprise marketing; Steps in building social enterprise marketing strategy; Social enterprise messages; Pricing.

Unit VIII: Launch, Growth and Goal Attainment                                       7 hours

Introduction; Preparing for growth; Substitutes for service; Socioeconomic and demographic changes; Public policy shifts; Bargaining power of sellers and buyers; Social enterprise growth strategies; Myths about growth; Challenges of growth and change; Growth and risk; End of the social entrepreneurship process.

Text and Reference Books

Basic Texts

Brooks, A. C. Social Entrepreneurship: A Modern Approach to Social Value Creation. New Delhi: Prentice-Hal India Ltd.


  1. Bornstein, D. and Davis, S. Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  2. Gunn, R. and Durkin, C. (Eds). Social Entrepreneurship: A Skills Approach. Bristol: The Policy Press.


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  • Short Name N/A
  • Course code SBE 465
  • Semester Seventh Semester
  • Full Marks 100
  • Pass Marks 45
  • Credit 3 hrs
  • Elective/Compulsary Compulsary