Social Entrepreneurship
Social Entrepreneurship
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Exclusive Majors
(Students who study the following majors are not allowed to choose this minor)
Note: The following curriculum information is subject to periodic review and changes.

Aims of Minor

This minor aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of social entrepreneurship. It provides students with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to diagnose social problems and to generate intervention ideas for systemic change from multi-disciplinary perspectives. It includes a core course and a combination of 4 elective courses from public policy, social welfare, business management, marketing and finance. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Minor (MINILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Minor, students should be able to:

1. identify the key concepts, basic features, and core values of social entrepreneurship and explain the development of social enterprises in Hong Kong and different parts of the world.

2. examine social problems from multi-perspectives and suggest innovative interventions for social change and community improvement.

3. develop the intellectual knowledge, the spirit of entrepreneurship, and basic skills required for effective performance and leadership in the public, private and third sectors including social businesses.

4. apply the knowledge and operational strategies in managing social ventures efficiently and effectively with relevant skills drawn from public policy, applied social sciences and business.
5. develop social empathy, moral sensibility, critical capacity, and sustained interest in understanding the major issues and challenges faced by social entrepreneurs and administrators in the public, private and third sectors including social businesses.

Minor Requirements (15 credit units)Catalogue Term : Semester B 2015/16

1. Required Core Course (3 credits)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
POL3900Social Innovation and Public Policy3

2. Electives (12 credit units)

ONE course to be chosen from each of the following three clusters:

a. POL courses – Choose ONE course from the following

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
POL2222The World in Crisis: Meeting Environmental Challenges3
POL2307Principles of Public Sector Management3
POL2308Customer Service in a Diverse Society3
POL3205Urban Policy3
POL3242Business and the Environment3
POL3408Ethics and Practice3
POL3410Management Ethics3
POL3600Independent Studies for Public Policy and Politics3
POL3942Environmental Policy and Ethics3
POL3901Meeting Social Needs through Business Approaches3

b. SS courses – Choose ONE course from the following
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
SS2011Social Welfare Services and Issues2
SS2105Introduction to Social Work3
SS2116Working with Organizations and Communities3
SS2024Social Problems and Interventions3
SS3422Programme Planning and Evaluation3
SS4111Management and Supervision in Human Services3
SS4208Working with the Communities and People with Special Needs3
SS4215Health and Aging3
SS4585Social Capital and Sustainable Development3

c. CB, MGT and MKT courses – Choose ONE course from the following
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
MGT3304 International Corporate Social Responsibility3 Newly validated core course in International Business, available from 2016/17
MGT3422Product and Service Innovation Management3
MGT3424Principles of Entrepreneurship3
MKT3602Marketing Research3
MKT3607Creativity in Marketing3
MKT4634Fundamentals of Public Relations3

d. Any ONE free elective to be chosen from the above three clusters (or any approved course judged to be suitable).


Additional Information

This is an interdisciplinary minor jointly contributed by Departments of Public Policy, Applied Social Sciences, Management, and Marketing.


Not all the electives in this Minor will be offered each year. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that there is no overlap of courses between their Major and this Minor if they wish to declare this minor and that their timetables over the years allow them to take the courses.