Structured Elective - Innovation for Change


What is this Structured Elective about?
The overall purpose of this Structured Elective is to develop students’ creative confidence and entrepreneurial mindsets as future social innovators, entrepreneurs and changemakers within their own academic or personal environment. Social entrepreneurship and social innovation are increasingly gaining traction as a viable alternative to traditional ways of addressing societal and environmental problems. Its methods and thinking combine market-based approaches with a social mission and a desire to change existing structures and services for the better.

Why should I take this Structured Elective?
Over the past 10 years social entrepreneurship & innovation have grown from a niche activity to now entering mainstream policy, business and education nationally and around the world. Its increasing appeal is underlined by a growth of social enterprise related programmes (e.g. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, School for Social Entrepreneurs, ENACTUS, Ashoka, etc.) and funding sources (Big Society Capital (UK), Acumen (US), Social Innovation Fund (IRE) etc.). Successful social ventures like FoodCloud, Camara, Room to Read, CoderDojo, Grameen Bank and others have significantly contributed to rethink established business models and existing corporate and public sector structures.

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How would this Structured Elective benefit me?
By taking this Structured Elective you will:
How do I take the modules in this Structured Elective?
Module Title Credits
IA20010 Introduction to Creative Thinking 5
IA20020 Introduction to Entrepreneurial Endeavour 5
IA20060 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship 5
IA20080 Design Thinking for Innovation 5