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Entry requirements: The equivalent of English B and 60 credits in Business Administration

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Max. 165 credits may be taken into account.

This course is only open for exchange students.

Information about application for exchange students

  • SS18 week 08-12, fulltime100%, day. Only for exchange students.

Social Economy and Social Enterprise

Course 7.5 credits

Social economy or ‘economie sociale’ refers to the sphere of non-public, economically active organisations that are primarily oriented towards social and ideal-driven objectives, rather than profit maximisation. Voluntary contributions (donations or labour) are an important component in the resource portfolio of these organisations. This course provides an introduction to the social economy of Sweden and other countries, and acquaints students with central theoretical approaches to research in this field. The main themes of the course are: 1) definitions in the field 2) legal/incorporation forms and institutional constraints 3) social entrepreneurship 4) partnership and local development 5) the social economy and the welfare state. Students are assessed on the basis of their seminar participation and their individual assignments. The course has a number of guest lecturers. Optional study visits may be organised.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: spring semester 2013

Course design

Teaching is in the form of seminars, and participation is mandatory. In case of absences from seminars, completion of alternative assignments is required.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student is able to

  • describe, compare and assess major theoretical approaches concerning the role and mode of operation of the social economy as a sector, and of organizations/enterprises within it
  • distinguish between the non-profit and the social economy approaches, and the ways in which the two can be integrated in the study of concrete phenomena
  • categorize major actors within the field, with particular emphasis on the Swedish situation
  • apply given theoretical frameworks to analyze strategies employed by discrete organizations
  • generalize theoretical approaches across a variety of different national systems
  • apply acquired theoretical models to Swedish and other national experiences;
  • develop and discuss blueprints for social audit procedures
  • define and present a theoretically grounded case study, based on independent material-gathering.


The course evaluation includes written seminar assignments, an oral and written case presentation, and active seminar participation.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from spring semester 2013

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