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Skills you will gain

SustainabilityInnovationSocial EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurship
Learners taking this Course are
  • Project Coordinators
  • Social Workers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Chief Operations Officers (COOs)
  • Operations Managers

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

What's our problem?

10 videos (Total 59 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
About this course4m
RLabs: Journey of Hope Part 17m
What is Social Innovation?4m
Simple, complicated and complex6m
Wicked problems4m
The 5 Whys4m
Case study: Mothers2mothers8m
Reflecting with RLabs: problems10m
Week 1 Peer Assignment guidance5m
5 readings
Meet your instructors10m
How this course works10m
What to expect in week 110m
RLabs: Empowering Unlikely Innovators10m
Week 1 recommended readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1: Test your knowledge8m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

What do we have to work with?

6 videos (Total 39 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Discovering resources3m
Appreciative inquiry6m
Case study: The Street Store5m
Finding hidden resources6m
Reflecting with RLabs: resources10m
2 readings
What to expect in week 210m
Week 2 recommended readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2: Graded quiz16m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Getting out of your comfort zone

7 videos (Total 47 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Bricolage: recombining ideas and people3m
Thinking about difference7m
Engaging difference3m
Negotiating difference8m
Reflecting with RLabs: comfort zones12m
Week 3 peer assessment4m
2 readings
What to expect in week 310m
Week 3 recommended readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 practice quiz12m
Week
4
5 hours to complete

Innovating by design

9 videos (Total 53 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Generating ideas3m
Design thinking principles7m
Design thinking steps3m
Design thinking case studies5m
Discussing design thinking7m
Reflecting with RLabs: design in social innovation10m
Week 4 Peer Assignment guidance4m
Week 4 peer assessment artefact feedback4m
2 readings
What to expect in week 410m
Week 4 recommended readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 practice quiz10m
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Top reviews from Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation

By SIFeb 11th 2018

Highly recommended for the change agents who have no background in social entrepreneurship. This course will walk you through step by step into changing the system for the better of humanity habitats.

By OMJun 5th 2018

This is a very effective course for anyone who would like to be an innovator or an entrepreneur. It helps with the knowledge and foundation of the necessary skills needed for social innovation.

Instructors

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François Bonnici

Director
Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
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Warren Nilsson

Associate Professor
Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
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Marlon Parker

Founder
RLabs

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa and is one of the leading research universities on the African continent. UCT has over 25 000 students, of whom 30% are postgraduate students. We offer degrees in six faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Science. We pride ourself on our diverse student body, which reflects the many cultures and backgrounds of the region. We welcome international students and are currently home to thousands of international students from over 100 countries. UCT has a tradition of academic excellence that is respected world-wide and is privileged to have more than 30 A-rated researchers on our staff, all of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field. Our aim is to ensure that our research contributes to the public good through sharing knowledge for the benefit of society. Past students include five Nobel Laureates – Max Theiler, Alan Cormack, Sir Aaron Klug, Ralph Bunche and, most recently, J M Coetzee....

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