Learning Prerequisites:  none

Course Description: Introduction to the field of social innovation that covers areas such as defining the context for social innovation, overview of basic terminology used in research projects and characteristics and patterns of social innovation. Course introduces the student with the concept of social innovation ecosystem and sets grounds for understanding social innovation as a cross sectoral and multi-disciplinary theme.

Course Objectives: Course Objective is to introduce a student with basic definitions and terminology in social innovation, to showcase regional examples and context in which social innovation emerges as well as to give fundamental framework for understanding the importance of social innovation through different socio-economic sectors, as well as impact of social innovations on individuals and the community.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, the students will be able to successfully use the terminology and to independently recognize and evaluate social innovation as well as its impact on the social environment in which it occurs. Students will be able to understand multidisciplinary character of the topic, identify and explain factors that influence the creation of opportunities for social innovations and social-entrepreneurial endeavors. At the end, students will be able to detect and overlook current and future social challenges and trends that social innovation can address in various forms.