School: School of Management and Labour Studies
Centre: Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
The field of Social Entrepreneurship which has grown very rapidly in recent years, leveraging knowledge of business management and entrepreneurial skills to solve problems related of society and the environment. The major reasons are failure or withdrawal of state and/or market to deliver the needed service to the citizen especially the poor and marginalised groups. Some changes are aligned with the global politico-economic developments and seem to be irreversible. The need is to develop fresh perspectives which are contextually relevant and also capable to deliver the needed services. We need trained professionals who can take leadership in such situations. The new models to be designed by them should be capable of ensuring sustainable development. The Masters of arts in social entrepreneurship has been developing young entrepreneurial talent pool to become ‘change agents’. The objectives of the Master of Arts (Social Entrepreneurship) (MASE) programme are to:
The programme covers an overview of economics, polity and sociology, innovative problem solving, venture creation, business and organisational management, and leadership linking, with benefits to stakeholders. Distinctive features of the curriculum are inductive pedagogy, blending classroom teaching and experiential learning through fieldwork, problem-solving assignments on social problems at individual and group levels, and meeting and interacting with social and business entrepreneurs. The programme is primarily targeted toward developing entrepreneurial skills. There are three major dimensions and components of this programme: (i) social context, (ii) entrepreneurship skills, and (iii) management tools.
A designed mix of all the three in each Semester meets the overall objectives of the programme. The semester-wise distribution is as follows:
The entrepreneurial domain is predominantly based on ‘effectual’ logic, whereas managerial domain is ‘causal’. The MASE programme focuses on ‘effectual logic’ during the initial period, and gradually exposes the students to ‘causal logic’ at a later stage. The students will be allowed to understand and experience both and take a creative decision to decide to adopt one or a mix of both. The programme design will take care of the ‘life cycle approach’ of entrepreneurial processes — the creative phase, venture creation phase, and growth phase. The programme curriculum blends cutting edge theory with field based experiential learnings to develop appropriate, efficient, effective and economically sustainable entrepreneurial activities.Classroom teaching focuses on self and group learning for problem solving and reflective and participative learning. This programme uses multiple evaluation components such as mid and end semester examination, report writing and presentation, case development, business plan development, etc. Graduates from this programme are supported to initiate social ventures and become social entrepreneurs, and find employment in a range of organisations working with people in securing employment, wealth and human security.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
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