Nicholas Wenzel, Christine Rimke, and Dr. Susan Müller

Social Innovation MOOC (EN)

  • Late 2015
  • Self-Paced
  • English
  • Interdisciplinary
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About this course

Social innovations, i.e. new social practices, are everywhere and largely influence our lives: they change the rules of the game in business, civil society and politics. With social innovations, we can design social practices that are more beneficial, sustainable or just.

But what are social innovations? And what effects can they have? This course is an introduction to the topic. You will gain an overview of what social innovations are, how they function and how they can be developed.

What will I learn?

You will learn what social innovations are and understand how they can help solve societal problems. You will get an overview of important literature and debates on social innovation.

You will also learn and apply methods to develop, implement and scale social innovations. Exercises will allow you to apply the methods, develop your own ideas and gather first-hand experiences.

What do I need to know?

This is an introductory course. Previous knowledge is not required. The course is designed for people interested in understanding and/or designing societal change.

Course Structure

This is a self-paced course. This means that once the course initially begins, you can make your way through the course chapters at your own pace, without time pressure or deadlines.

Chapter 1: A New Innovation Paradigm

In this chapter, you will learn what “social innovation” means. You will get an overview of how social innovations can be developed and implemented. Also, we explain the differences between all the “social” something-concepts like social business, social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibilities.

Chapter 2: The Spectrum of Social Innovation

There are different forms and formats of social innovation. Gain an overview of the variety of social innovations in this chapter. Specifically, you learn about social innovations that origin in civil society, business, and the social sector. Moreover, you will learn about cross-sector social innovations.

Chapter 3: Broaden your Horizon: Questioning the Existing and Recognising Challenges

Social innovators see opportunities where others see problems. Learn to change your perspective in order to recognise opportunities to solve societal problems with social innovations.

Chapter 4: Designing and Implementing Social Innovations: Tools

Design Thinking and Lean Start-up will help you to design social innovations together with your (future) beneficiaries. Furthermore, you learn how you can convince others by using effective storytelling.

Chapter 5: Designing and Implementing Social Innovations: Learning from Others

You will learn how others developed and implemented social innovations and how they learned to overcome resistance. Also, you learn about typical mechanisms of social value creation.

Chapter 6: Impact and Vision

In this chapter, you learn how to analyse the impact of social innovations and how you can increase the impact of social innovations using specific strategies of scaling and replication. Also, our experts will provide some suggestions and tips for future social innovators.

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Audit Track

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  • All Course Material
  • Graded Online Exam
  • Certificate of Accomplishment
  • ECTS points

Audit Track

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With the Audit Track, you get free access to all the course materials, including lecture videos, assignments, and more! it is possible to download the lecture materials so you can browse the content at your own convenience, without having to worry about falling behind.

In addition, you also get access to the course forum. The forum is a thriving, global community of learners, where you can get peer-to-peer assistance from other students, and discuss the course content with the professors themselves!

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Once you have started your course, you may have the opportunity to increase your learning recognition. If the course has an additional track that offers a higher certification level, you will have until 1 week before the course end to upgrade. In this case, just click on the Certificate tab in the course overview and choose a new track. It’s as easy as that!

Requirements

All you need to participate is a stable internet connection! You can study anywhere, at anytime, at your own pace.