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Entrepreneurship in Societal Change

In the course we will discuss and study mainstream business entrepreneurship but also other forms as for example social, societal, cultural and ecological entrepreneurship and which challenges these entrepreneurs meet.

These entrepreneurships do not only focus on growth and profit as a success factor, but also include other factors to be equally important, such as finding new solutions for creating a common good, fighting poverty, maintaining the cultural heritage, and implementing a transition to a more environmentally sound society.

The course focuses on the transformation from entrepreneurship to entrepreneurships and how entrepreneuring is exercised in various contexts. Today several kinds of entrepreneurships evolve related tohow individuals, organizations and nations try to change the society with regards to for example social and environmental issues. Students are to understand these forms of entrepreneurship, in relation to how they are enacted in various contexts. In addition the course will discuss the interplay between entrepreneurship and societal change, that is to say, to what extent entrepreneurship will change society and what parts of entrepreneurship that is maintained or changed.

In this course the students will make an entrepreneurial project where they will find solutions regarding environmental or social problems with focus on societal change.

  • Course structure

    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS (40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS).
    The language of instruction is English.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portionof self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.

    Please note that all teaching and learning activities - such as lectures, seminars, assignments and assessment tasks – are carried out in English when the language of instruction is English.


    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’s results from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

    Assessment tasks

    The course contains the following weighted mandatory assessment tasks:

    1. Individual final exam

    2. Group project and presentation

    3. Review assignment

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grades are Fx and F. A grade Fx can becompleted for a grade E.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course Coordinator:
    Head of course: Jessica Lindbergh