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Exploring Perspectives in Entrepreneurship

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Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N13214

Semester: Autumn

Convenor: Isobel O'Neil

Credits & Level: 10 credits; Level 3

Pre-requisites: None.

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Available to all Part I or Part II students.

Delivery: 11 sixty minute lectures, 3 sixty minute seminars

Assessment: One 2-hour examination (100%)

Exam Format:Answer any Two questions. All questions carry equal marks. Paper to contain Eight questions.

Summary of Content - Definitions of entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial activity
- The theoretical perspectives underpinning the study of entrepreneurship
- Understanding what shapes the practice of entrepreneurship both in different settings (eg social entrepreneurship) and due to contextual influences (eg entrepreneurship in the media and the influence of gender).

Aims The module aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the concept of entrepreneurship and what entrepreneurial activity involves. It is designed to:

Examine the different theoretical perspectives used to explore the nature of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs
Broaden students' appreciation of how and why entrepreneurial activity takes place
Provide a critical viewpoint on how the process of entrepreneurship unfolds
Consider how context shapes entrepreneurial activity

Key Words: Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises, perspectives and policy.

Learning Objectives & Outcomes Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment to meet stakeholder interests
  • The need for individuals and organisations to manage responsibly and sustainably and behave ethically in relation to social, cultural, economic and environmental issues
  • The theories and practice of entrepreneurship, as shaped by contextual factors
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • The ability to act entrepreneurially to generate, develop and communicate ideas, manage and exploit intellectual property, gain support and deliver successful outcomes
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information

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