Social innovation are new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (more effectively than alternatives) and create new social relationships or collaborations.
Social innovation are new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (more effectively than alternatives) and create new social relationships or collaborations. Within this course students will be introduced to social innovation initiatives undertaken in diverse sectors (private, public and non governmental) as well as initiatives crossing sectoral boundaries. Throughout the course students will examine cases of social innovation asking questions about social needs addressed (what are those needs? who is involved in defining needs and designing solutions), about agents of change (social and political entrepreneurs, activists, organizations, and social movements), about processes of innovation (what are strategies of introducing a social innovation, how is it learnt, implemented, institutionalized) and about organizational and institutional context of innovating, including questions about the role of leadership.
A special attention will be devoted to the role of scientific expertise in fostering social innovation. Students will discuss innovation processes exemplifying a wider array of possibilities ranging from researchers adopting a traditional role of external observer to the instances of direct engagement into a process of developing social innovation.
- Social Innovation - what it is and what it is not.
- Innovating as a process of learning. Introducing theoretical models of learning.
- Social Innovation and institutional change. Introducing theoretical frameworks linking individuals, organizations and institutions.
- Governance models in public administration. Changing roles in public goods and services provision.
- Leadership and Social Innovation.
- Engaged research. The possible role of researchers in the process of innovation development and implementation.
Completing the course will give the candidates will following learning outcome, sectioned into knowledge, skills and general competence:
- gains advanced knowledge about cultural, institutional, organizational and individual conditions influencing processes of social innovation development.
- can apply diverse theoretical approaches to interpret a phenomenon of social innovation and change.
- has a deep understanding of connections between global challenges, the idea of sustainable development, social and environmental problems and social innovation.
- is able to conduct an analysis of institutional and social environment within which social innovation is developed.
- is able to analyse social and institutional environment and identify stakeholders relevant for the process of developing social innovation.
- can design an plan for action research project, whose major goal would be to develop and implement social innovation.
- has a deep insight into the need for constant learning, being a core condition for successful implementation of social innovation.
- has tools facilitating reflection on actions, revealing hidden assumptions and unexpressed values and is sensitive for ethical aspects of collaborative problem solving.
Work and Teatching Methods
- group work (case analysis)
- discussion (literature analysis)
- assignement: an analysis of a real life social innovation example ( 3000 words)
Bachelorgrad (180 studiepoeng) eller annen grad av minimum tre års omfang.
Utdanning som i henhold til § 3-4 i lov om universiteter og høyskoler er godkjent som jevngod med ovennevnte grader eller utdanningsløp.
Master i verdibasert ledelse er en erfaringsbasert mastergrad jf. § 5 i forskrift 1. desember 2005 nr. 1392 om krav til mastergrad, og det kreves minimum 2 års relevant yrkeserfaring som del av opptaksgrunnlaget.
Ved spørsmål om opptak, spør Ella Johanne Flatland, ved spørsmål om faglig innhold, spør Marta Struminska-Kutra