The Social Entrepreneurship Practicum (COMM5030) is a 6UOC course, which may be taken as an alternative 6UOC course to the Capstone course in the MCom or MComExt degrees or as an elective course. Students will work on a real world 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. The course enables students to put their business skills and knowledge to use and gain practical experience in the field.

(This course offers the same experience for MCom students as the old course MGMT5707 Social Impact Field Project.)

What type of projects could I work on?

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

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

For examples of some of the previous projects offered, visit our projects page. The projects are different each semester.

What does the practicum involve?

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.

SUMMER 2017-18
There will be an introductory seminar in November. 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 November and December; or
• 3 days a week between January and February; or
• 1-2 days a week over the whole 8 weeks (total of 12 days).

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.

Why should I do this class and not the other capstones or electives?

This class offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience. You get to work directly with a social enterprise or not-for-profit on a real project. You will learn useful skills for your career, including professional communication and teamwork. Importantly, you will be able to discuss your work-readiness and leverage your experience as a competitive advantage in job interviews.

What is the assessment?

Assessment is on a graded basis according to the normal UNSW scale.

  • Project work: 55%
  • Class Participation: 20% (made up of 10% class presentation and 10% contribution to class discussion)
  • Annotated bibliography and self-reflection: 20%
  • Blog post: 5%

How am I selected for this course?

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

  • Entering the final semester of the MCom/MCom Ext program
  • Academic merit (a high WAM is desirable)
  • Genuine interest in social impact
  • Any extra-curricular activities or relevant experience in related fields:

You do not have to be an Australian citizen or resident to apply.

How do I apply?

Please email your application to jessica.roth[at] as soon as possible. Your application needs to include:

  • a completed COMM5030 application form
  • your CV (2 pages maximum)
  • and a copy of your transcript (downloaded from myUNSW is fine).

There are limited spaces available. Students must secure a placement first, before enrolling in COMM5030. If you are unsuccessful you will then enrol in your nominated capstone course for your chosen specialisation.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

You can download a FAQ page about the course here: Information Sheet for COMM5030 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum Sydney

Jessica RothM Com students