Social Innovation and Governance of Responsible Innovation
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Course title in Estonian
Sotsiaalne innovatsioon ja vastutustundlik valitsemine
Course title in English
Social Innovation and Governance of Responsible Innovation
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The objective of the course is to provide students the knowledge on co-creation social innovation and living labs as platforms to support it. Students will be able to develop their competences in innovative development of social services and social enterprises.
Brief description of the course
The course introduces contemporary methods of co-creation of social innovation, with a specific emphasis on living labs as platforms to support it.

A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable than current solutions. The value created accrues primarily to society rather than to private individuals. By being co-created, social innovation is created and adopted by a group of citizens in interlinked processes.

Course structure:

- Lectures on the concept social innovation and living labs. Participants will get familiar with the literature regarding (co-creation of) social innovation.
- Seminar work around the concept of impact-based social innovation.
- Lectures on the concept social entrepreneurship. Participants will get familiar with the literature of innovation and creative management.
- Seminar work around the concept of social entrepreneurship

Independent work
Student spend 196 hours with independent work during the course. Independent work includes:

- Reading the literature on co-creation of social innovations and living labs. Writing literature review
- Reading the literature on social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Writing literature review.
- Group work on the concept of living lab, analysing case studies and international examples.
- Preparing for a pitching of own ideas regarding co-creation of social innovation in different business or welfare settings.

Learning outcomes in the course
The student:
● Knows the basic issues and specificity of open and inclusive governance
● Understands the role of innovation in a knowledge-based open society.
● Is able to co-design and adopt innovative ideas
● Is able to connect social impacts with business orientation, and sustainability with social responsibility
● Has an overview on the contemporary literature on Living Labs and social innovation.
● Is able to express, present and demonstrate innovative ideas.

Assessment methods
Zsolt Bugarszki, PhD María Jesús Rodríguez Triana, PhD
Study literature
Murray R., Caulier-Grice J., Mulgan G. (2010). The Open Book of Social Innovation. London: The Young Foundation and Nesta.

Nicholls, A. (2006) Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Hubert A. (ed.) (2010). Empowering People, Driving Change: Social Innovation in the European Union. Brussels: BEPA – Bureau of European Policy Advisers.
Replacement literature
Ferragina, E. (2012) "Social Capital in Europe" Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, UK