Course code VadZ3025

Credit points 2

Social Entrepreneurship

Total Hours in Course32

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Date of course confirmation29.04.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Business and Management Science

Course developer

author Uzņēmējdarbības un vadībzinātnes institūts

Lāsma Līcīte

Dr. oec.

Course abstract

Students get insight into the substance and basic principles of social entrepreneurship and the functions of it in the economy. The course provides students with an understanding of the criteria for a social enterprise, the process of acquiring the status of social enterprise and skills in the establishment of a social business according to the relevant legal framework, its mission and the available kinds of support in Latvia.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and legal aspects of and kinds of support for social entrepreneurship in Latvia – independent work, practical assignments.
2. Students will be able to demonstrate a specific knowledge of starting up a social business and acquiring the status of social enterprise in Latvia – independent work, practical assignments.
3. Demonstrate an extended knowledge of the key functions of social enterprises in the economy and society – independent work, practical assignments.
4. Demonstrate the knowledge of how to identify and explain differences among a social enterprise, a socially responsible enterprise and a charity organisation – independent work, practical assignments.
5. Use the acquired theoretical knowledge and practical skills to generate and justify a social entrepreneurship idea – independent work.
6. Identify and analyse the factors affecting the performance of social enterprises – independent work, practical assignments.
7. Present and explain the results of their research to others – independent work, presentations.
8. Responsibly plan the completion of the assignments given –practical assignments.
9. Cooperate with others – independent work, practical assignments.
10. Define and come up with solutions to social enterprise problems and the factors affecting the performance of social enterprises – discussions in practicals and other classes.
11. Establish a social enterprise and acquire financial support for the establishment and development of the enterprise based on the theoretical knowledge acquired – practical assignments, independent work.
12. Integrate the knowledge of and skills in different fields to establish and develop a social enterprise – independent work (presentation) on the foundation of a new social enterprise.

Course plan

entrepreneurship (lectures – 2 hours)
2. Prerequisites and development stages of social entrepreneurship (lecture – 2 hours, practical task – 1 hour)
3. Social enterprise identification criteria (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 1 hour)
4. Social enterprise, corporate socially responsible enterprise and charity organisation (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 1 hour)
5. The legal basis of social entrepreneurship in Latvia (lecture – 1 hour)
6. Types of support for social enterprises in Latvia (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 1 hour)
7. Social entrepreneurship functions in economics (lecture – 1 hour)
8. Social and economic benefits of development of social entrepreneurship (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 1 hour)
9. Influencing factors social entrepreneurship (lecture – 2 hours, practical task – 2 hours)
10. Social entrepreneur and its characteristics (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 1 hour)
11. Establishment of social enterprise (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 2 hours)
12. Social entrepreneurship in rural areas (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 1 hour)
13. Social entrepreneurship development opportunities in Latvia (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 3 hours)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Within the study course there are 3 independent works.
In the first, students carry out an analysis of a social enterprise chosen according to its social and economic criteria, describing the legal framework and kinds of support for a social enterprise. The independent work is presented to the course members. Presentation – up to 10 minutes.
In the second independent work, students make an case study analysis on the factors affecting the performance of social enterprise X and setting the development opportunities for a social enterprise.
In the third independent work students make the foundation of a new social enterprise, specifying the social goal, economic activity and management style of the enterprise. The independent work is presented to the course members. Presentation – up to 10 minutes.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

1. Independent work (presentation) on an analysis of a social enterprise chosen – 30 scores.
2. Independent work (case study) on the factors affecting the performance of social enterprise X – 25 scores.
3. Independent work (presentation) – the foundation of a new social enterprise, specifying the social goal, economic activity and management style of the enterprise – 45 scores.
A score of 10 is equal to one point on a 10-point marking scale.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

A score of 10 is equal to one point on a 10-point marking scale.
Assignments are assessed in accordance with the assessment procedure established in the assignment.

Compulsory reading

1. Sociālā uzņēmuma likums: 12.10.2017. LR likums (“LV”, 212 (6039), 25.10.2017) [stājas spēkā 01.04.2018.].
2. Dobele L., Dobele A. Sociālās uzņēmējdarbības iespējas Latvijā. Rīga: Izdevniecība Drukātava, 2014. 470 lpp.
3. European Commission A map of social enterprises and their ecosystems in Europe. Country Report: Latvia. European Union, 2014. p. 35. [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams: file:///C:/Users/Lietotajs/Downloads/SE%20Mapping_Country%20Report%20Latvia%20(4).pdf
4. Koncepcija “Par sociālās uzņēmējdarbības ieviešanas iespējām Latvijā”, MK rīkojums Nr. 618, 2014. 27 lpp. [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams: http://www.lm.gov.lv/upload/aktualitates/null/lmkonc_271014_su_1_1807.pdf
5. Lešinska A., Litvins G., Pīpiķe R., Šimanska I., Kupcis O., Bušēvica K. Latvija ceļā uz sociālo uzņēmējdarbību. Sabiedriskās politikas centrs PROVIDUS, Latvijas Pilsoniskā alianse, 2012. 104 lpp. [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams: http://politika.lv/article_files/2264/original/SU_gala_9nov.pdf?1352702725

Further reading

1. European Commission Social Business Initiative Creating a favourable climate for social enterprises, key stakeholders in the social economy and innovation: Communication from the European Commission, Brussels, 2011. [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams: https://www.fi-compass.eu/sites/default/files/publications/social-business-initiative-creating-a-favourable-climate-for-social-enterprises-key-stakeholders-in-the-social-economy-and-innovation.pdf
2. Defourny J., Nyssens M. Social Enterprise in Europe: Recent Trends and Developments. Social Enterprise Journal, 4, 3., 2008. pp. 202–228. Defourny J., Nyssens M. Social Enterprise in Europe: Recent Trends and Developments. Social Enterprise Journal, 4, 3, 2008. p. 202–228.
3. Leadbeater C. The Rise of Social Entrepreneurs. Demos: London, 1997. p. 85.
4. Martin R. L., Osberg S. Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition. Stanford Social Innovation Review, spring 2007. pp. 28–39.
5. Sociālās uzņēmējdarbības asociācijas mājaslapa // http://sua.lv

Periodicals and other sources

1. Social Enterprise Journal. Emerald Business, Management & Strategy eJournals Collection. ISSN: 1750-8614
2. Latvijas Vēstnesis. Latvijas Republikas oficiālais izdevums [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams: https://www.vestnesis.lv/

Notes

Restricted elective course, academic bachelor’s study programme “Sociology of Organizations and Public Administrations” (Faculty of Economics and Social Development).
Elective course for other study programmes.