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The purpose of this course is to introduce students to an overview of the role of entrepreneurship for economical, social and ecological sustainable development, including poverty alleviation. Focus is on developing regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Entrepreneurship is most often related to the creation of new businesses. However, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial dynamics is as relevant to the creation of not-for-profit initiatives. It is about generating ideas, organizing and hands-on action that can have many different effects.
Entrepreneurship can mobilize people, resources and innovative practices and are fundamental to the ways we organize societies. In this course entrepreneurship is put in the context of developing countries. Both economical aspects of business based entrepreneurship, social aspects of civil society based entrepreneurship, and aspects of combining economical/social aims in a sustainable development are elaborated on in this course.
The context of developing countries brings a focus on issues related to low economic development and poverty alleviation, economies in transition and emerging markets as well as development of both social and political infrastructure beyond what commonly is elaborated on in western dominated entrepreneurship discourse. Thus, it is also paramount to critically scrutinize entrepreneurship activities, the promises it stands for and the possible outcomes. In the wake of increasing criticism of the neoliberal market economy, the course opens up for new questions, such as; How can we know that a specific entrepreneurial activity is good?
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to an overview of the role of entrepreneurship for economical, social and ecological sustainable development, including poverty alleviation. Focus is on developing regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America through:
Throughout the course students will elaborate on the basics of entrepreneurship; to develop ideas and to act upon these ideas. The course is grounded in policy issues and entrepreneurship theory and experiences from practical cases are used for inspirational learning. Issues addressed are:
Through the contextualization in developing countries, different roles of entrepreneurship are emphasized. Issues addressed are:
This content will, constructively be put together in individual essays addressing different entrepreneurial initiatives and their effects. Some students might choose to describe a fictive learning case, while others might turn into real entrepreneurial initiatives. All will be followed by a critical reflection on entrepreneurship in developing countries. The course content will also be dealt with in a group project, which will focus on poverty alleviation in relation to sustainable development in a developing country.
Teaching and learning activities
Classes will be based on lectures on key issues, inspiring guest lectures, creative learning-by-doing group projects, discussions, and critical reflective assignments in relation to literature specified for different themes in the course.
Students’ grade will depend on three factors:
The course language is English.
The course is offered within the framework of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.
Responsible institution: Stockholm University (SU)
Literature and teaching aids
Literature will be announced in connection to the start and communicated to enrolled students.
All our courses are recognised as internal courses at all five member schools so you apply in exactly the same way you would for other courses at your institution. Please note that SSES courses are designed as individual single subject courses, meaning you will need to apply for each course you want to join, and are currently not offered as an entire individual study program.
Students wishing to enroll must be full time students with at least 120 ECTS credits from a Swedish university or equivalent.
All SSES-courses are recognized as "Programöverskridande valbara kurser" at KI. So, if you want to participate just ensure you have an approval from your program councilor and then contact us no later than 4 weeks before the course starts. If you are a PhD student and would like to participate in our courses, please register here .
How: Via the Swedish version of Antagningor via your student councillor at KTH.
When: During the elective periods at the Royal Institute of Technology.
How: Via the Swedish version of Antagning.
When: During the elective periods at SU.
NB: Please check your eligibility to apply here .
When: During the elective periods at Konstfack.
NB: The courses are open to all current and alumni students at Konstfack.
How: If you are a a master student currently enrolled at Konstfack, please send in your application here .
…for program students in our member schools.