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ENT4510 – Social Entrepreneurship in Practice

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Course content

The main part of this course takes place for 10 weeks in June, July and August in Cape Town, South Africa. The course gives a thorough understanding of the field of social entrepreneurship, by a mixture of lectures and practical work. The course will focus on social entrepreneurship globally, but with a special focus on the circumstances in Norway and the Nordic setting and in South Africa.

Learning outcome

You will gain a broad theoretical and practical knowledge about social entrepreneurship. You will know how social entrepreneurs work, what kind of challenges they face, and how these challenges can be met. In particular, after completing this course you will:

  • Be familiar with the ecosystem of social entrepreneurship
  • Be able to write a social entrepreneurship business plan
  • Know how to create, organize and finance a social entrepreneurship venture
  • Know how to measure effects of social entrepreneurship


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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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During the stay abroad you will spend four days a week in a social mission-driven venture. In addition, you will attend a 3-4 hour lecture once a week and have at least biweekly sessions with follow up.

All teaching is compulsory.

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.


The evaluation of this course consists of two parts. One is an individual compulsory assignment (report) which has to be approved to pass the course and get a grade. The assignment is to be delivered at the end of the course.

At the end of the course you will also deliver a written group assignment (plan for a social mission-driven venture), and give an oral group presentation of the plan and defend it. The written group assignment will be graded, and if the grade is strong or weak the oral presentation and defense decides the final grade.

Language of examination


Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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






Every spring

Please note that the main part of the teaching in this course takes place during June, July and August.


Every spring

Teaching language