BUSN13002 - Advanced Social Innovation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is both a capstone to the social innovation major, and introduces advanced techniques in analysing and responding to entrenched social issues. It discusses both traditional (e.g. persuasion or policy) and non-traditional (e.g. disruptive) avenues to engaging communities in the change process. Non-profits, charities, governments and even individuals acting to create change in their environment often find the scale of their efforts at change limited, and this unit deals with why: it looks at variables limiting the scope or durability of change and why unintended consequences occur. You will learn about the motivational components of social innovation, including empathy and altruism, the role of individual differences and the well-being implications of being a social innovator.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

MGMT11167 Foundations of Social Innovation

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online discussion forum 35%
2. Portfolio 65%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit co-ordinator
Add reading guides for the weekly readings
Build brief reading guides with overview of readings to guide reading, based on the Moodle modules.
Action Taken
Brief reading guides and greater lecturer availability throughout the term to provide individual guidance was offered during this 'teaching out' period for this unit.
Source: Unit coordinator.
Consider updating systems thinking background reading as the material is starting to date a little. This is particularly important if the unit is still offered in 2023.
Update reading materials on an ongoing basis.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply relevant theoretical models drawn from a variety of disciplines to social innovation contexts
  2. Distinguish between traditional and non-traditional methods of social change, and be able to recognise the sociocultural and historical context of these different approaches to change
  3. Evaluate complex social problems and identify causal chains as a basis for intervention and risk minimisation in implementing interventions.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online discussion forum
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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