724811P Entrepreneuring for Sustainability

ECTS credits: 5

Language of instruction: English

Timing: Period B

Learning outcomes: After the course the students should:

Understand the roles of entrepreneurship in creating socially responsible change in society, know how to map and analyze alternative sustainable entrepreneurial business ideas based on individual strengths, values and the UN SDGs, know creative problem solving assessment methods, know how to communicate about entrepreneurial ideas.


Course description

The course outlines interdisciplinary skills and knowledge that foster the creation of a sustainable entrepreneurial mindset. These skills include problem solving, creativity, networking, communications, risk-taking and adaptability. Entrepreneurship is approached through its different forms and roles in various contexts of society, ecosystems, and businesses. The focus is on entrepreneurial mindsets, responsible business and what entrepreneurship requires from individuals and teams, especially from the “me/us as entrepreneur” standpoint. During the course students familiarize themselves with the role of business and entrepreneurship in building sustainable societies. In addition, students have the opportunity to present their sustainable business ideas to responsible business experts.

Course objectives

Students develop skills for creative problem solving; students understand that entrepreneurial behavior can take place within many contexts (new ventures, associations, government agencies, and existing businesses); students identify their alternative roles, opportunities, and viewpoints regarding entrepreneurial choices they can make; students strengthen their skills of responsible business and are able to assess choices for business as promotor of social change based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals; students are able to define and assess alternative contexts for entrepreneurial action and to create and assess alternative business scenarios for their future; students are able to recognize and analyze business opportunities and social/customer problems and challenges; students are able to create and evaluate alternative solutions to the identified opportunities, problems, and challenges of responsible business; students are able to communicate effectively about their entrepreneurial ideas.

Mode of delivery: Lectures, workshops and online learning

Learning activities and teaching methods: Learning takes place mostly in groups by means of intensive lectures and workshops, visitor presentations and discussions, both in class and via online learning platform. The course includes 36 contact hours. Reading the course literature (20 h), Groupwork (80 h) and learning diary report (35 h)..

Target group: University students

Pre-requisites and co-requisites: No

Recommended optional programme components: The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Required reading: Articles and course specific material.

Assessment methods and criteria: Further details will be provided by the responsible persons in the first session.

Grading: The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Persons responsible: Anne Keränen, Jan Hermes and Sara Moqaddamerad

Working life cooperation: The course incorporates real life case examples and meetings with sustainable entrepreneurship practitioners and experts. Students learn interdisciplinary skills that can be applied in real working life.

Other information: no

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Viimeksi päivitetty: 28.10.2019