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社會創業與發展研究榮譽社會科學學士(兩年全日制)

社會創業與發展研究榮譽社會科學學士 
(兩年全日制)

課程編號: A2B103

課程目的

本課程重點關注大灣區及亞洲新興經濟體的發展需求,培養學生具備相應的知識及技能以建立具廣泛社會影響力的職業。具體而言,本課程旨在

為學生提供全面的社會創業經驗,帶領他們由最初的理念醞釀轉化為具吸引力的業務投資方案;
讓學生爭取持份者支持,並擴大其社會創投的規模及影響力;
提升學生對大灣區複雜多變的社會轉型的理解,並讓學生從比較的角度加深對區域發展的認識;及
鞏固學生的學術和專業基礎,裝備他們成為社企、政府/非政府組織、企業,本地/區域/國際組織的專業人士,並奠定未來職業及學術發展的基礎。

課程特點

社會創業是現今社會資本中重要的一環。為應對社會急速轉變,社會正需要能為各種複雜問題提出創新方案的社會企業家。課程培養學生組織及企業管理技巧,以助他們未來職業發展。同時,學生將接受發展研究的訓練,並從實習課程及本地以至大灣區實地考察中建立網絡。

課程預期學習成果(PILOs)

完成本課程後,學生應能夠:

瞭解社會創業及社會企業管理的原理、職業規範及實務; (PILO1);
以比較及跨領域角度分析大灣區、大中華地區以至亞洲地區的發展及社會議題; (PILO2);
運用有關社會創業的發展、制度及過程的知識 (PILO3);
設計財政上可持續的方案,以解決本地、區域以及全球層面的人類發展難題(PILO4);及
向相關持份者、投資者及廣泛社區分析社會發展問題和解決方案 (PILO5)。

課程結構

範疇 項目 學分
主修/特定科目 主修核心科目 24
主修跨方向科目 3
實習 6
考察(不帶學分)
畢業論文 畢業論文I:研究方法與計劃書/
統整項目I:研究方法與計劃書
3
畢業論文II:研究報告/統整項目II:項目作品 3
選修/副修科目 選修/副修 15
共同核心科目 大學電子學習歷程檔案 3
通識教育拓寬課程/經驗學習課程 3
總學分 60
資訊科技能力要求

備註:課程將會安排於大埔校園或將軍澳教學中心/九龍塘衛星教學中心/白石角運動中心進行。實際上課地點由大學決定。

 

課程章程

 

學生手冊:

http://www.eduhk.hk/re/student_handbook

科目大綱

主修核心科目(24學分)

The private sector has made use of the 「business approach」 to address the unmet social needs. Social Entrepreneurship (SE) have become the buzzwords in the private sector. The boundaries between the public and private sectors are getting blurred where the private sector is delivering social goods and is measuring the social impact and outcome which can be created for the clients and stakeholders. Thus, SE culture is rapidly growing as it offers a way of empowering employees, giving back to the community, or adopting a more sustainable business approach. This course aims to focus on how to create, organize, develop, and scale high-performing social enterprises. The course also provides a thorough understanding of the nature, operational concerns and strategic positions of such organisations. Drawing on theory and practice, the course intends to explore the environment in which social enterprises operate, and how leadership and management competencies can be channelled to maximise the social impact. To better prepare students with effective strategic planning and decision-making, the course will help students to develop essential skills in leadership, people management, and more. Taken together, students will acquire the understanding, skills, and knowledge necessary to lead and sustain high performance in enterprises dedicated to addressing some of the most challenging problems facing the world today.

Course Outline

Effective financial management is a pillar for social entrepreneurship. This course aims to introduce students to the basic issues and problems confronting those responsible for the management of financial resources. With an emphasis on social enterprises, the course will compare and contrast budgeting and financial management in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, examining their origins, principles and constraints. In particular, it will cover the following contents: a) budget and management process and procedures, cash management, accounting and auditing practice; b) methods and tools for financial planning, implementation, and reporting: c) revenue and fiscal sustainability for social entrepreneurs.

It aims to provide students with critical insight into the tradition of financial control and budgeting, the evolution of budgetary models and approaches, and the recent trends for enhancing autonomy, fiscal transparency, efficiency and financial accountability.

Course Outline

Social entrepreneurship is an increasingly prevalent model to combine business models and social missions with the aim of benefitting both the beneficiaries and the customers. Like businesses, understanding the stakeholders and the customers and successfully engage them will determine the success of a social venture.

The course aims at equipping students the knowledge of Stakeholder and customer analysis, those groups or individuals who may be affected by an initiative or who share a common business need or communication plan to ensure the project solution is delivered and accepted. The course also aims at facilitating students using different forms of communication and marketing tools and strategies to engage and empower the beneficiaries, the customers, as well as other stakeholders.

Course Outline

This course introduces the theories and practices of development by exposing students to real world developmental problems in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). The theories highlight the importance of institutions in the process of development. Meanwhile, the case studies cover some of the most pressing developmental issues in the GBA, such as corruption, education, pollution, healthcare, and housing. Students complete the course with practical knowledge and skills to frame developmental problems, develop and evaluate innovative solutions, analyze institutional environments, make choices under uncertainty, and ensure commitment to development plans.

Course Outline

The past decade has seen a phenomenal surge of interest in social innovation as a new way to address pressing economic, social and environmental challenges facing local, national and global development. The demand for social innovation is made more urgent in the context of economic recession and fiscal constraints when the widening gap between what the governments provide and the socio-economic development needs of the citizens propels the entrance of a variety of new socially responsible innovators and the emergence of various socially innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives in the societal problem-solving arena. This course aims to prepare students to develop a critical understanding of the potential, strength and limitation of the emerging strategies and practices of social innovations as well as the way in which social innovation and responsible leadership can bring about positive social change and sustainable development outcomes. Instructive case studies of socially innovative action in a diversity of development contexts will be examined to reveal the emergence of new ways of doing things in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to deal with challenges to inclusive social and economic development. The objective is to equip student with the concepts, mindset, skills and relationship needed for them to develop creative and innovative solutions cutting across organizational, sectoral and disciplinary boundaries.

Course Outline

This course aims to provide students with a clear and all-round introduction to the complex debates around how development has been understood and achieved in a shifting global economic and political landscape. Drawing mainly upon the practices, experiences, lessons and challenges of economic and social development in China, this course will engage students in a critical thinking of and reflection on the evolution and change of development concepts, theories, approaches and policies as they are put into practice in the real world and are entwined with such issues as state and economy, globalization, welfare regime, poverty and inequality, environment and sustainability and so on at local, national and global scales. The objective is to assist students to develop analytical skills and global perspective essential for evaluating the multifaceted dimensions of development on people’s lives and environments in different historical, geographical and institutional contexts.

Course Outline

This course will scrutinize the historical development, political and economic characteristics and importance of the regional cooperation in Greater China. The course begins by outlining the main theoretical approaches (realism, pluralism, idealism and globalism) that are used to examine the regional cooperation, the existence of different type of regional cooperation, and various strategies for its maintenance and for improving its quality. The second part of the course focuses on the institutional system of the regional cooperation in Greater China, with special attention of the interaction between different actors in the region. From a social innovation perspective, students will explore the possibility of fostering regional cooperation at the sub-state level. The final part is concerned with the challenges facing the regional cooperation in Greater China and how the governments  in the region use organizations and policy coordination to respond to the challenges.

Course Outline

Decision-making in social enterprises is a scientific endeavor in the 21st century. Thus, the knowledge of scientific toolkits is necessary to make optimal decisions. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the two most important decision-making tools in social entrepreneurship, namely game theory and quantitative methods. These skills are useful for decision-makers working in social enterprises, private firms, and governments, and are applicable to a wide range of situations. One of the major purposes of this course is to enrich students』 analytic skills in face of an increasingly complex society.

The first part of this course offers brief coverage of game theory. Game theory can offer guidance to individuals on how to make decisions rationally, strategically, and optimally. Social entrepreneurs interact with other players in society all the time while game theory is especially relevant to situations where players are interacting with each other intensively. Hence, mastering the basic concept of game theory is conducive to creating more optimal outcomes for social enterprises.

The second part of this course focuses on quantitative methods that have become increasingly indispensable in social science research and practices. While game theory provides theoretical insights for decision-making, quantitative methods can validate the correctness of these insights in an evidence-based way. In this course, we will offer introductions to both conventional statistical methods as well as more advanced techniques that will dominate the field in the foreseeable future, such as machine learning. The purpose of this part is to prepare students who are interested in a career of social entrepreneurship for upcoming changes in the era of big data.

Course Outline

The Field Visit is a required component of the programme providing students an opportunity to visit cities in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) or nearby cities in the region. It aims at enhancing students』 awareness of the ongoing developmental issues in the region, and the importance of social enterprises in tackling those issues. Through collaboration with other university partners throughout the region, students are expected to actively engage in the interactive learning environment where international and local students combine knowledge acquired from lectures and seminars with investigation of problems and prospects of the GBA in the Asian context. A typical field visit will include visits to government offices, international non-profit organizations, think tanks, social services and environmental protection organizations. Renowned businessmen, community leaders, prominent scholars will also be invited as guest speakers for lecturers and professional visits.

Course Outline

實習(6學分)

The student Internship aims to help students integrate and apply in a real-life setting the knowledge and skills they have gained in earlier stages of the programme. Students will be expected to engage in reflection throughout their Internship experience and make analyses with regard to the problems and prospects in Greater China. Placement in the public, private or third sectors will enhance students』 sense of social responsibility as well as their regional and global literacy. Practical experience in various fields will also assist students in making decisions on their future career.

Course Outline

主修跨方向科目(3學分)

This course explores major social policy challenges and issues confronting societies in Asia, with a particular focus on Greater China. Adopting a comparative approach in analyzing policy formation and implementation, this course will enable students to understand the most recent developments related to major social policy areas like, education, health, social welfare, housing, elderly, youth and ethnic minorities in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and other selected cities in Asia. This course also introduces different types of institutions (like the Non-Governmental Organizations) and modes of service delivery (like public private partnership) to students. Students will be engaged in comparing and contrasting major social policy issues of selected Asian societies, and appreciating the complexity of policy formation, implementation and evaluation from comparative perspectives.

Course Outline

畢業論文(6學分)

This course focuses on preparing students to conduct an innovative social research project in Development Studies in Honours Project II: Research Report. It equips students with skills and knowledge in problem identification, literature review, research methods, prototyping, ethical principles and the elements of research process within quantitative and qualitative approaches. Students will be required to form groups and prepare a research topic to be presented in the tutorials. They will then be required to write up a research proposal using the knowledge they learn and the comments gathered in the tutorials.

Course Outline

This course aims to develop students as social innovators in Hong Kong; and prepare them for conducting a research-based or an inquiry-based project in Capstone Project II: Project Output.

Capstone Project I equips students with skills and knowledge in problem identification, design thinking, literature review, research methods, prototyping, ethical principles and the elements of community engagement in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will be required to work individually and prepare a project topic to be presented in the tutorials. They will then be required to write up a social innovation project proposal using the knowledge they learn and the comments gathered  in the tutorials.

Course Outline

Students will be guided to study a self-chosen topic. The topic may be related to broad, relevant issues, or how these main themes relate to a particular societal/regional context. The skills of quantitative and qualitative research, formulation of proposals, data collection, analysis and presentation of finding, design thinking, and prototyping will be further developed in this process. It leads to a reflective inquiry project that serves as a capstone for the honours degree programme. Students』 learning experiences accumulated through their undergraduate studies will be consolidated in this project. It helps students integrate and synthesize prior knowledge and may extend their scope of exposure in work-related settings. A report (4,000 – 6,000 words) is prepared under the supervision of an academic tutor, who advises the students on the work, and provides feedback at different stages of its development.

Course Outline

This course is a continuation of the Capstone Project I: Research Methods and Proposal, and serves as a culminating academic and practical experience for students. It is a project-based learning avenue that enables our students to consolidate, integrate, and reflect on their undergraduate experiences for transiting to (and even celebrating) their upcoming post-graduation life -such as entering the workplace. Students will be guided to conduct a self-chosen social innovation project. The topic may related to broad, relevant issues, or how these main themes relate to a particular societal context. The skills of social innovation and entrepreneurship, including formulation of project ideas, data collection, design thinking, prototyping, analysis, project management, and pitching, will be further developed in this process. It leads to a reflective social innovation project that serves as a capstone for the honours degree programme. By the end of the course, they are expected to create a project output, present on it, and submit a project report.

Course Outline

選修/副修

除主修課程外,課程設有選修或副修範疇及通識教育範疇。學生可隨意選擇由各部門開設的選修課。

學生另需修讀一科由教育與人類發展學院開設與教育相關的通識教育科目或選修科目以符合畢業要求。

通識教育體驗學習課程

學生需修讀3學分的通識教育拓寬課程經驗學習課程。課程鼓勵學生透過多元化活動,從實驗、觀察、反思及(再)概念化學習。

有關詳情,同學可瀏覽「通識教育」網址。

大學電子簡歷

大學電子歷程檔案要求學生從正式及非正式學習經歷中批判性地反思所學知識的價值及意義,並將之聯繫到生活及對未來的展望。

教學語言

英文

職業前景/專業資格

透過課程的實務訓練,協助對社會創投有興趣的學生,獲取由政府及商界提供的資助機會。畢業生將可加入社會企業、政府、社會責任機構及非政府組織,擔任項目或行政主任。現時香港大約80%的社會服務由社會企業及非政府組織提供。這類組織往往需透過公共或私人來源獲取資源並與不同持份者作有效溝通。

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課程查詢

肖漢宇博士(課程主任)
電話: (852) 2948 7821
電郵: hxiao@eduhk.hk

聶琳博士(課程副主任)
電話: (852) 2948 7779
電郵: lnie@eduhk.hk

 

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