Social Entrepreneurship: Emergence, Models, and Impact

Tetiana Vodotyka, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of History of Ukraine, Department Member, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

The course explores the concept of social entrepreneurship and its potential to create positive change in society. The course begins by introducing the history and emergence of social entrepreneurship, including the different models and approaches developed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn about how social entrepreneurs identify and address social, cultural, and environmental problems and how they use their knowledge and resources to create innovative solutions that have a lasting impact. The course will also delve into the various challenges and opportunities faced by social entrepreneurs and how they measure and evaluate their impact.

One of the main goals of the course is to help students understand the potential power of social entrepreneurship to rebuild Ukrainian cities destroyed by the Russian invasion. Social entrepreneurship can be a driving force for positive change in Ukraine, helping to address a range of issues such as unemployment, destroyed infrastructure, and environmental degradation. By learning about social entrepreneurship and its potential to create lasting social and environmental impact, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to become effective agents of change in their own communities. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to meet the experts and engage with real-world case studies and examples of social entrepreneurship in action, allowing them to see firsthand the impact that these initiatives can have. Through a combination of lectures, discussions, and hands-on learning activities, students will develop a deeper understanding of the field and gain the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference as social entrepreneurs.