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The Social Entrepreneurship Practicum (COMM3030) is a 6UOC course, which may count towards accounting, information systems, finance, marketing and management majors in a Bachelor of Commerce degree (including Combined Degrees).

In this course students can put their business skills and knowledge to use and gain practical experience in social entrepreneurship and related areas of social impact. The course provides formal and informal training, as well as supervised practical experience, in planning and implementing a project in a field of social impact.

Enrolment in the course is by competitive application and students must apply first and be accepted before enrolling in the course.

What are the projects? 

The Social Impact Hub works with industry, social enterprises, not-for-profits and foundations to develop and conduct a variety of applied projects in different areas of social impact.

Students are able to preference the project(s) on which they want to work. Students work in small teams on each project.

In each semester, projects will be offered from the following fields:

  • Social finance
  • Social entrepreneurship and social innovation
  • Philanthropy
  • Impact investing
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Measuring social impact
  • Business and human rights
  • Collective impact
  • Other related fields

For examples of some of the previous projects offered, visit our projects page. The projects are different each semester. There will be a number of projects supporting start-up social enterprises on offer for COMM3030 students.

Depending on the project, students may be involved in research and policy work, financial modelling, marketing, business plan development, writing, advocacy, advising, strategising and related activities. Students will be critically analysing the role of businesses, foundations, not-for-profits and investors as part of the course.

What does the practicum involve?

SUMMER 2016-17
The introductory seminar will be held on 21 and 22 November 2016. Students then need to do 12 days of practical work over the summer at the offices of the Social Impact Hub – located directly above Edgecliff train station. There is some flexibility in relation to dates. You can work:

  • 3 days a week between 28 November and 23 December 2016; or
  • 3 days a week between 9 January and 3 February 2017; or
  • 1-2 days a week over the whole 8 weeks (total of 12 days).

SEMESTER 1 2017
Students will work one day per week over 12 weeks on their project at the offices of the Social Impact Hub – located directly above Edgecliff train station.

Students are also required to attend fortnightly 2 hour seminars, held on a Monday from 4-6pm. These are designed to promote discussion and critical reflection on a wide range of issues that may arise during the experiential component of the course, and also introduce students to the fields of social impact that are not the principal subject of their project.

What is the assessment?

Assessment is on a pass/fail basis. Students must pass each of the components of the course:

  • Project work: 55%
  • Class Participation: 20% (made up of 10% class presentation and 10% contribution to class discussion)
  • Annotated bibliography and self-reflection: 25%

How am I selected for this course?

The selection criteria are (but are not limited to):

  • Academic merit (a high WAM is desirable, minimum WAM of 65)
  • Completed 48UOC in your degree by the commencement of this course
  • Genuine interest in social entrepreneurship
  • Any extra-curricular activities or relevant experience in related fields.

NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list but may be used as a guide. You do not have to be an Australian citizen or resident.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently being accepted for Semester 2 2017. Please email the following documents to jessica.roth[at]unsw.edu.au as soon as possible:

  • A completed Expression of Interest form
  • Your CV (2 pages maximum)
  • A copy of your Academic Statement (downloaded from myUNSW is fine).

Hurry, applications are closing soon. There are limited places available and applications are competitive.

NOTE: Students must secure a placement first, before enrolling in COMM3030.

A great deal of time and resources are expended to organise these practical courses. For this reason you cannot unenrol from the course without the special permission of the Course Convenor. Please keep this in mind before applying for the course.

For further information, please see the information sheet. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Register your interest

If you’re considering doing this course in the future, please register your interest by filling out the form below. We’ll be in touch as soon as applications are open.

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