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Course content

In this course the students will be introduced to the field of social entrepreneurship and the best practices of starting and growing successful social mission-driven ventures or organizations. The following questions will be discussed during the course:

  • What is social entrepreneurship?
  • How is social entrepreneurship different from traditional entrepreneurship?
  • Which skills are required to be a successful social entrepreneur?

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will be familiar with social entrepreneurship theory, the current status of this emerging field and its most important contributors. You will be able to define social entrepreneurship, and differentiate it from both business entrepreneurship and other social purpose activities. You will also be familiar with social entrepreneurship terminology and the main actors in the ecosystem of social entrepreneurship.


This course is only available for students enrolled in the Social entrepreneurship programme.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Completed bachelor's degree or being in your sixth semester of a degree is required. There are no restrictions on field of study.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with ENT4500 – Social Entrepreneurship (discontinued)


Teaching will take place during four full day seminars held in Oslo in the period from mid January until March. Attendance at these seminars is compulsory. The seminars will consist of lectures and class discussions.

You will need to attend at least 80 percent of the lectures to be allowed to take the exam in this course. If you are absent more than 20 percent you will need a medical declaration for the absence, otherwise you will not pass the course.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


You will need to attend at least 80 percent of the lectures to be allowed to take the exam in this course, as described under Teaching. The assessment for the course is based on an individual written report handed in at the end of the course. The report is based on the compulsory course readings.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Anders Lunnan is the external auditor for this course.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






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