POL3901 - Meeting Social Needs through Business Approaches

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Not offering in current academic year

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course enables students to analyze the complexities of social problems and discuss how social business can cater to social needs. Through the lens of chosen examples, like unemployed persons, new arrivals, single parents, persons with disabilities and older people, the course enables students to examine the best practices in social value creation and social innovation in which innovative and sustainable solutions are used to turn our society into a better place. Students will be directed to learn about the multidimensional analysis of social exclusion in a globalized world; recognize public perceptions towards disadvantaged groups in society; and identify challenges, debates and attitudes in the social, government and private sectors that inhibit and/or promote effective policy responses. In particular, students will discover how social entrepreneurs from the local and global context make use of business approaches to address unmet social needs. The course equips students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and strategies to propose service solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective (like policy study, sociology, public and business administration). Students are expected to develop analytical and critical thinking on policy issues, and cultivate civic awareness.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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