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Graduate Certificate of Social Entrepreneurship


Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Graduate Certificate of Social Entrepreneurship (GradCertSocEntre)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
• Two years full-time equivalent work experience at a managerial/professional level
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 0.25 years - 0.5 years depending on RPL granted
North Ryde — Term 1
North Ryde — Term 2
North Ryde — Term 3
North Ryde — Term 4
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 0.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 16
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Strategic Frameworks (4)
Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (4)
Social Entrepreneurship (4)
4cp from
Applied Anthropology: Why Does Culture Matter? (4)
Development Theory and Practice (4)
Culture, Health and Disease (4)
Indigenous Interests and Identities (4)
Culture, Commodities and Consumption: Anthropological Approaches to Economic Life (4)
Sustainable Development: Introductory Principles and Practices (4)
Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation (4)
Globalisation and Sustainable Development (4)
Education for Sustainable Development (4)
Environmental Management Practice (4)
Sustainable Corporate Governance and Financing (4)
Trade and Environment Law (4)
Environmental Law and Sustainable Development (4)
International Environmental Law (4)
Strategic Human Resource Management (4)
Accounting for Management (4)
Leadership and Motivation (4)
Management of Innovation (4)
Public Policy and International Law (4)
Developing Social Policy (4)
Social Care and Human Services (4)


Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 8 Graduate Certificate
CRICOS Code 083758M
Overview and Aims of the Program The Graduate Certificate of Social Entrepreneurship seeks to develop and apply core business management principles to a range of social and environmental needs.

This program exposes students to issues related to social enterprises and develops core management skills in the process. Social Entrepreneurship (SE) addresses a social need by responding with entrepreneurial principles to achieve social change. Business entrepreneurs are driven to achieve profits and return, while social entrepreneurs also seek to create social change. The main aim of SE is to further social and environmental goals through innovative ventures or practices. This can be achieved by creating new business ventures or within existing for profit, not-for-profit or governmental institutions.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program graduates will be able to:

1. Analyse and assess the ethical, environmental and social impacts of management decisions.
2. Develop and integrate a corporate social responsibility framework within an organisation.
3. Critically evaluate and apply established frameworks to align people, processes, structure and strategy in order to maintain and advance social enterprise.
4. Identify strategic issues facing social enterprises and recommend actions for dealing with these issues.
5. Identify cultural differences and critically analyse and evaluate their impact on business interactions, using insight from other cultures in decision-making.
Learning and Teaching Methods The program incorporates a variety of learning and teaching methods including formal lectures, group discussions, group projects, interactions with practitioners, online learning, practical experience, tours and individual workplace-based projects.
The program incorporates a variety of learning and teaching methods including formal lectures, group discussions, group projects, online learning, practical experience and individual workplace-based projects.

Students are exposed to frameworks related to the fundamentals of management and strategy. These frameworks, combined with students' existing experience, form the basis for discussion and collaboration within the interactive environment of the classroom. Material will be applied directly to social enterprise business situations through case studies and assessment.
Assessment MGSM
• Assessment of student learning and feedback on progress are facilitated through unit assessments. Assessment tasks are aligned with learning outcomes for each unit and targeted graduate capabilities.
• All standard, 4 credit point units taught at MGSM are structured to have a standard student workload of 150 hours, including 40 hours of assessment allocated to a combination of group and individual assessment items, based on the learning outcomes of each unit.
• The MGSM applies an annual Assurance of Learning Programme (AOL) in which students are assessed on rubrics based on the mission-driven attributes of leadership, global mindset, sustainable value and citizenship. Results are collected, disseminated and analysed, and used to inform unit and curriculum development as part of a continuous improvement process.
• Students are assessed on both group and individual work in all core units. Syndicate group assessments are considered an important aspect of the collaborative learning approach taken and to reflect the typical environment encountered within a management career.

Assessment methods include:
• individual assignment
• group assignment and report
• individual essay or report
• group presentation
• individual presentation
• group case studies
• individual case studies
• class tests
• final examinations.

Assessment at Macquarie University is conducted within the parameters of the relevant policies and procedures of Macquarie University.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability The Graduate Certificate of Social Entrepreneurship (GCSE) provides students with knowledge and tools to allow them to start their own social enterprise or work in an existing one; lead or work in a not-for-profit; manage a company's corporate social responsibility program; or work on social aspects in governmental agencies. In addition to skill development and knowledge enhancement, the GCSE exposes students to many guest lecturers from social enterprises or umbrella organizations such as Social Ventures Australia. This also helps students to increase their network and employment opportunities.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148