Social and idea-borne organisations in the economy


Social Economy and Social Enterprise

7.5 credits




This course aims to deepen your understanding of the role and function of non-public, economically active organisations that have social and idea-borne objectives. It emphasises definitions of the sector, and the ways in which conventional economic terms are applied in this seemingly non-economic field.

This course is only open for exchange students.

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Skills that are in demand in all sectors Knowledge of Business Studies means you can work as an auditor, with marketing or with financing. You will have developed skills in how businesses can be organised, developed and renewed to survive on a competitive market. Business Studies can be combined with other subjects to broaden your competence. It is possible to work as a business administrator in almost all areas of society. Business Studies is therefore useful in all sectors and industries. After your studies, you can work in business administration for various types of companies and organisations. Business Studies provides skills that are beneficial in leadership positions. You will be able to follow and understand business developments, and be able to understand, explain and act in various organisational contexts. You will also gain innovative perspectives that will be useful in your private and professional life. What are former students doing now? Former students have different roles in multiple areas of business and public administration. Some of them run their own businesses. The ones who work in business administration are often on a career path, working their way up through an organisation. Others work in accounting, finances, budgeting and auditing, or in marketing, sales and purchasing, as well as in projects and review boards. Common workplaces include companies in services, trade and industry, or in banks, insurance companies, public authorities or organisations, or accounting and consulting agencies. Some also work for international companies and organisations. Read about research in this subject
Examining and defining the social economy as a sector This course examines the role and modus of the sphere of non-public, economically active organisations that primarily pursue social and idea-borne objectives, and you will learn to describe, compare and assess major theoretical approaches to the role and mode of operation of the social economy as a sector, and of the organisations within it. There is an emphasis on definitions of this sector, and the ways in which conventional economic terms, such as legal incorporation forms, liability and governance are applied in this seemingly non-economic field. You will learn to distinguish between the non-profit and the social economy approaches, and the ways in which the two can be integrated, as well as to categorise major actors within the field, with particular emphasis on the Swedish situation. Theories about social capital, resource mobilisation and social entrepreneurship are introduced and used as analytical instruments, and you will apply them to Swedish and international case studies. Course design Teaching is in the form of compulsory seminars, and the course assessment includes written seminar assignments and an oral and written case presentation.
Understand how organisations are built up, developed and renewed Business Studies is the right subject for you if you want to understand how organisations are built up, developed and renewed. The subject covers four areas: organisation and leadership, marketing, accounting and financing. You will study both private and public organisations. Businesses supply many of the goods and services we consume in our daily lives, so they have a vital role in society. Half of everything produced by Swedish companies is exported abroad, which is important for Sweden’s wealth. In a global economy, Swedish companies face competition from almost the entire world. Business Studies will give you tools to help businesses remain competitive on a global market. Companies are surrounded by a society in constant change. Business Studies covers entrepreneurship and innovation. Resourcefulness is necessary for new companies to be founded and for existing companies to survive. Entrepreneurship and innovation are therefore important areas of Business Studies. You will develop your ability to help companies survive by finding financing and making them profitable.