Master of International Affairs   Master of Public Policy  

Social innovation and social entrepreneurship: Challenges and opportunities

This course is jointly taught with Stockholm School of Economics, under the framework of CIVICA, the European University of the Social Sciences. Students from both universities can enrol. 

Technological innovation has long been considered as the primary driver of economic growth. The recent economic crisis as well as the current pandemic period have clearly exacerbated socio‐economic problems such as long‐term unemployment, aging population, poor educational attainment, inequalities, migration and integration, or climate change. Social innovation – often understood as providing new solutions to (complex) social issues, for better use of societal resources and for improvement of collaboration in a market-based mechanism framework - is starting to be considered as a better tool to tackle these complex and interrelated social challenges.

This course offers students an understanding of the field of social innovation and social entrepreneurship and the way in which these contribute to solutions for public problems. The course will draw on academic and practitioner literature, state-of-the-art research, as well as guest lectures with social entrepreneurs and other practitioners in the field.