The objective of BS Social Entrepreneurship and Social Leadership program is to develop social leaders and social entrepreneurs who are able to create sustainable and impactful solutions to local and global problems.

Program

BS Social Entrepreneurship and Social Leadership program inspires and equips graduates to demonstrate leadership through creation of sustainable social advocacy enterprises focused on solving real life problems. This is an innovative and fully experiential learning program focusing on PBL; Project Based Learning and Problem Based Learning. It provides an inter-disciplinary understanding of real life problems from humanities and liberal arts perspectives, and additionally enables students to envision and create enterprise solutions through managerial and leadership skills imparted in the program. The projects involve field work to explore real life social enterprises advocating solutions in areas such as education, health, violence, poverty, women empowerment, environment and “globalization”. These projects integrate course work of leadership and enterprise management studies with perspectives from several inter-linked subject areas such as philosophy, psychology, history, sociology, economy, power, culture, religion, ethics, arts, literature and aesthetics. This integration enables students to design sustainable solutions to local challenges that reflect their internal desires to benefit themselves and the community and that can give them confidence to take on the global challenges.

The Bachelor Program requires completion of 144 credit hours of course work in a total of 8 semesters or 4 years. Student’s graduation with CGPA of 2.5 automatically qualifies for MBA program offered by CBM. Students must complete an internship and comprehensive exam as part of their degree requirements.

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It requires completion of 144 credit hours of course work in a total of 8 semesters or 4 years. Student’s graduation with CGPA of 2.5 automatically qualifies for MBA program offered by CBM. Students must complete internship requirements and comprehensive exam as part of their degree requirements. In addition to a full-time internship during the final year, there are additional fieldwork and internships spread across the semesters to provide the students with field experience.

Distinctive Feature of the Program

Experiential Learning: Learning by doing via PBL; Project based Learning and Problem Based Learning: Eight thematic projects on real life problems. Projects are exploratory and descriptive during the earlier part of the program and are prescriptive and implementation oriented during the later semesters. These projects include fieldwork and internships as a mandatory part of the semester work as described below.

Focus on Social Problems:

During each semester, students work on a major experiential learning project dealing with a real life problem. Each thematic project consists of multiple sub-projects corresponding to the six threads linking the courses across the semesters:

  • Semester-1: Foundational Projects
  • Semester-2: Projects related to social enterprises in education
  • Semester-3: Projects related to social enterprises in health
  • Semester-4: Projects related to social enterprises dealing with poverty issues.
  • Semester-5: Projects related to social enterprises in environment sector
  • Semester-6: Projects related to social enterprises dealing with violence & peace
  • Semester-7: Projects related to social enterprises dealing with globalization issues
  • Semester-8: Capstone Projects and creation of social enterprise

Course design:

Courses designed around PBL sub-projects with deliverables requiring application, analysis/evaluation and creation levels of Bloom’s taxonomy

Integrated Curriculum:

Courses in each thread integrate perspectives from multiple subject areas. Every semester has a course from each one of the following threads:

  • Thread-1: Social Enterprise Design (SED) from philosophical and psychological perspectives.
  • Thread-2: Social Enterprise Challenges (SEC): Social advocacy challenges from socio-economic, political, governmental and other power structures across civilizations and history
  • Thread-3: Social Change Management (SCM) from ethical, cultural and religious perspectives
  • Thread-4: Social Advocacy Communication (SAC) through aesthetics, artistic and literary expression
  • Thread-5 Social Enterprise Management (SEM) thread covers management, HR, finance, marketing negotiations, and strategies.
  • Thread-6: Social Leadership thread covers from personal mastery to the development of change and ethical leadership

Portfolio based assessment:

Self Assessment, Peer Assessment, Teacher Assessment and External Assessment of the assignments and projects executed by students

Pedagogy:

Faculty members are project supervisors, facilitators and mentors rather than lecturers

Internship/Field Work:

The program consists of extensive field work, visits, surveys, interviews, and internships with social work organizations as an integral and mandatory part of the semester work. During the initial semesters this internship/field work spans 2 days per semester that will increase to 3 days per week. During the last year, the fieldwork/internship may constitute 4 days per week.  Social Entrepreneurship Center facilitates the organization and enablement of these internship placements. In addition, the student would also do a full-time internship of 6-8 weeks during the final year.

Capstone Projects:

18 credit hours of projects spread over 7th and 8th semester, requiring establishment of a functioning social enterprise. Each course will represent implementing a particular aspect of the implementation process such as organizational design consultations, niche research, planning, establishing the organization, creating a presence through networking, launching and creating awareness, funding, execution, advocacy, management, control. Entrepreneurship Center to facilitate this field work.

Services for Designing a Successful Career

Entrepreneurship Center offers several services to enable the graduates of BS Social Entrepreneurship and Social Leadership to design a successful career in the social sector or the public sector.

Linkages with Industry Organizations: PBL design of the curriculum ensures that students start connecting with the social sector organizations and social leaders right from the first semester. Connection is through projects requiring field work, observations, interviews, case studies and internships and would help them identify a cause for which they are passionate. Students will be connected to public and social sector organizations working in the areas of education, health, poverty alleviation, peace, environment, globalization etc.

Connection with CSR Efforts of Corporate Sector: Corporate sector organizations are currently spending heavily in CSR activities. Banks, listed companies, and prominent groups of companies are actively involved in support social causes through a significant budgetary allocation every year. CSR activities find a prominent mention in the mission/vision statement of multinational and prominent national groups. BS SESL program produces graduates that are in high demand in such companies to provide the necessary social leadership.

Projects in Collaboration with Social Networks: Student projects from the first semester are designed in collaboration with the wide network of industry contacts of IoBM and the advisory committee members of this program belonging to organizations such as Aman Foundation, OPEN, Acumen Fund, TCF, CSF, Indus Hospital, SEF, Charter for Compassion, etc.

Social Enterprise Start-up Incubation: Students start working on the design of their social enterprise from the third year through carefully designed projects. The incubator at IoBM would host these organizations during the start up phase and would connect them with external funding sources in addition to its own incubator fund.

Career in Public Service and Social Sector: In addition to the Internship and Placement department of IoBM, the entrepreneurship center guides the students in preparing for the CSS exams and for placement in social sector organizations to enable the graduates to pursue their strategic visions.

Establishing Collaborations of Student Start-ups: Entrepreneurship center provides guidance and enablement of the start-up of the student enterprises through strategic collaborations with existing social organizations.

Social Impact: Focus of existing graduates is often to serve the corporate sector preferably multinational corporations, and the measure of their career success typically does not include developing solutions to societal problems. This program provides a curriculum and methodology that will connect the graduates to the realities of the problems confronting a developing nation like Pakistan. The graduates so produced will be mentally prepared to confront the problems relevant to the local environment, and create sustainable solutions. Unlike other graduates who want to run away from the problems in Pakistan, these graduates would consider these as important challenges to be overcome before scaling their solutions to international levels.

Required Courses

Social Enterprise Design: Philosophical and Psychological Foundations History of Socio-Economic and Power Structures Social Entrepreneurship; Aesthetics, Arts and Literature - Studio Based Workshops Social Entrepreneurship; Socio-Cultural & Religious Context
SED-PP101
Research Methodology for Social Projects
SED-PPP102
Philosophy and Psychology of Education
SED-PPP201
Philosophy and Psychology of Human Wellbeing
SED-PPP202
Philosophy of Development and Psychology of Poverty
SED-PPP303
Anthropocentricity and Environment and Social Initiatives
SED-PPP304
Violence, Will and Human Psyche: A Study of Social Issues
SED-PPP401
Neoliberal Foundations of Globalization and Social Issues
SEC-PS101
Quantitative Analysis for Social Data
SEC-PS102
Socio-Economic and Political Dynamics of Education in History
SEC-PS201
Historical Foundations of Health Care Institutions
SEC-PS202
Socioeconomic, Political Institutions and History of Development
SEC-PS301
Socioeconomic Transformation and Threat to Environment
SEC-PS302
History and Kinds of Violence: Socio-Economic and Power Structures
SEC-PS401
Socioeconomics and Political Impacts of “Globalization”
SAC-AL101
Visual Storytelling: Photography and Documentary in Advocacy
SAC-AL102
Computer Arts and Graphics Designing for Advocacy
SAC-AL201
Recitations/Readings Related to Health and Well Being
SAC-AL202
Poverty/Development: Advocacy through Performing Arts
SAC-AL301
Literary Writings and Expression as Antidote to Violence
SAC-AL302
Street Art/Art Activism for Environmental Awareness
SAC-AL401
Aesthetics Approach to Urbanization and Ghettos
SCM-CR101
History of Social Advocacy: Pakistan and Subcontinent
SCM-CR102
Creativity, Novelty and Beauty via Education
SCM-CR201
Health Issues Across Cultures and Ideologies/Language-1
SCM-CR202
Poverty and Women Empowerment/Language-2
SCM-CR301
Artificial vs Natural/Self Sustainable Design
SCM-CR302
Cultural Roots of Violence: Religion, Ethics and Law
SCM-CR401
Fusion of Global and Local Horizons, Emerging Trends in Fashion and Design
Social Entrepreneurship; Study of Social Enterprises and Management Social Entrepreneurship; Challenge of Leadership Capstone Projects
SEM101
Results Based Project Management
SEM102
Social Enterprises in Education: HRM
SEM201
Study of Social Enterprises in Health care: Operations and Processes
SEM202
Study of Social Enterprises: Finances and Accounting
SEM301
Study of Social Enterprises: Marketing
SEM302
Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills
SEM401
Strategic Issues of Social Enterprises
SEM103
Ethics and Society: Islamic Perspective
SEM104
Entrepreneurial Leadership and Motivation
SEM203
Leadership in Healthcare
SEM204
Leadership in Social Transformation
SEM303
Leadership in Environmental Project
SEM304
Leadership issues in violent areas
SEM402
Sustainability of a Social Enterprise
SCP501
Capstone Project I
SCP502
Capstone Project II
SCP503
Capstone Project III
SCP504
Capstone Project IV
SCP505
Capstone Project V
SCP506
Capstone Project VI

Course Structure

Semester One Semester Two Semester Three Semester Four

Foundational Projects

  1. SED: Research Methodology for Social Projects
  2. SEC: Quantitative Analysis for Social Data
  3. SAC: Visual storytelling: Photography and Documentary in Advocacy
  4. SCM: History of Social Advocacy: Pakistan and Subcontinent
  5. SEM: Results Based Project Management
  6. SEM: Ethics and Society: Islamic Perspective

Project on Educational Issue

  1. SED: Philosophy and Psychology of Education
  2. SEC: Social, Political & Economic Dynamics of Education in History
  3. SAC: Computer Arts and Graphics Designing for Advocacy
  4. SCM: Creativity, Novelty and Beauty Via Education
  5. SEM: Social Enterprise in Education: HRM
  6. SEM Entrepreneurial Leadership and Motivation

Project on Health Issue

  1. SED: Philosophy and Psychology of Human Nature
  2. SEC: Historical Foundations of Health Care Institutions
  3. SAC: Recitations/Readings Related to Health and Well Being
  4. SCM: Health Issues Across Cultures and Ideologies
  5. SEM: Study of Social Enterprises in Health Care: Operations and Processes
  6. SEM: Leadership in Health Care

Project on Poverty / Development Issue

  1. SED: Philosophy of Development and Psychology of Poverty
  2. SEC: Socioeconomic, Political Institutions & History of Development
  3. SAC: Poverty/Development Advocacy through Performing Arts
  4. SCM: Poverty and Women Empowerment
  5. SEM: Study of Social Enterprises: Finances and Accounting
  6. SEM: Leadership in Social Transformation
Semester Five Semester Six Semester Seven  Semester Eight

Project on Environment Issue

  1. SED: Anthropocentricity and Environment
  2. SEC: Socioeconomic Transformation and Threat to Environment
  3. SAC: Literary Writing and Expression of Environmental Impact
  4. SCM: Artificial vs Natural/Self Sustainable Design
  5. SEM: Study of Social Enterprises: Marketing
  6. SEM: Leadership in Environmental Projects

Project on Violence Issue

  1. SED: Violence, Will and Human Psyche: A Critical Investigation
  2. SEC: History & Kinds of Violence: Socio-Economic & Power Structures
  3. SAC: Street Art/Art Activism as Antidote to Violence
  4. SCM: Cultural Roots of Violence: Religion and Ethics
  5. SEM: Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills
  6. SEM: Leadership Issues in Violent Areas.

Capstone / Globalization Project

  1. SED: Neoliberal Foundations of “Globalization” and Social Issues
  2. SEC: Socioeconomics and Political Impacts of “Globalization”
  3. SAC: Aesthetics Approach to Urbanization and Ghettos
  4. Capstone Project-1
  5. Capstone Project-2
  6. Capstone Project-3

Capstone / Globalization Project

  1. SCM: Fusion of Global & Local Horizons; Trends in Fashion & Design
  2. SEM: Strategic Issues of Social Enterprises
  3. SEM: Sustainability of a Social Enterprise
  4. Capstone Project-4
  5. Capstone Project-5
  6. Capstone Project-6