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 “glocalization”. 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.

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Leadership diagram

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 an internship and comprehensive exam as part of their degree requirements.

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.

Focus on Social Problems: During each semester, students work on a major 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: Education related project
Semester-3: Health related project
Semester-4: Poverty or development related project
Semester-5: Environment related project
Semester-6: Violence related project
Semester-7: Globalization related project
Semester-8: Capstone Projects

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: Philosophical/Psychological thread explores the problem areas from different schools of thoughts.
Thread-2: Historical perspectives of socio-economic and power structures of the area across civilizations and ages
Thread-3: Ethics, Cultural and Religious perspectives of the selected problem area
Thread-4: Aesthetics, artistic and literary expression of the selected problem area
Thread-5 Social enterprise management thread covers management, HR, finance, marketing negotiations, and strategies.
Thread-6: 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

Field Work: The program consists of extensive field work, visits, surveys, and internships with social work organizations spanning around two months every year spread over two major semesters

Capstone Projects: 18 credit hours of projects spread over 7th and 8th semester, requiring establishment of a functioning social enterprise

Advisory Committee for Social Entrepreneurship and Social LeadershipThis committee consists of prominent leaders of social enterprises and social advocacy groups. Their suggestions and recommendations are valued highly and are incorporated in the design of the program.

Services for Designing Successful Careers of Graduates: 

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, public sector and CSR initiatives of the corporate sector and include: 

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.

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

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

Career in Public Service, Social Sector and Corporate 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, public sector and CSR initiatives of the corporate sector organizations to enable the graduates to pursue their strategic visions.

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

Required Courses

Social Entrepreneurship: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives History of Socio-Economic and Power Structures Social Entrepreneurship; Aesthetics, Arts and Literature - Studio Based Workshops Social Entrepreneurship; Socio-Cultural & Religious Context
Research Methodology for Social Projects
Philosophy and Psychology of Education
Philosophy and Psychology of Human Nature
Philosophy of Development and Psychology of Poverty
Anthropocentricity and Environment
Violence, Will and Human Psyche: A Critical Investigation
Neoliberal Foundations of Globalization
History of Social Advocacy: Pakistan and Subcontinent
Socio-Economic and Political Dynamics of Education in History
Historical Foundations of Health Care Institutions
Socioeconomic, Political Institutions and History of Development
Socioeconomic Transformation and Threat to Environment
History and Kinds of Violence: Socio-Economic and Power Structures
Socioeconomics and Political Impacts of “Glocalization”
Photography and Documentary in Advocacy
Computer Arts and Graphics Designing for Advocacy
Recitations/Readings Related to Health and Well Being
Poverty/Development: Advocacy through Performing Arts
Literary Writings and Expression as Antidote to Violence
Street Art/Art Activism for Environmental Awareness
Aesthetics Approach to Urbanization and Ghettos
Ethics and Society: Islamic Perspective
Creativity, Novelty and Beauty via Education
Health Issues Across Cultures and Ideologies/Language-1
Poverty and Women Empowerment/Language-2
Artificial vs Natural/Self Sustainable Design
Cultural Roots of Violence: Religion and Ethics
Fusion of Global and Local Horizons, Emerging Trends in Fashion and Design
Social Entrepreneurship; Study of Social Enterprises and Management Social Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial Leadership and Change Capstone Projects
Results Based Project Management
Social Enterprises in Education: HRM
Study of Social Enterprises in Health care: Operations and Processes
Study of Social Enterprises: Finances and Accounting
Study of Social Enterprises: Marketing
Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills
Strategic Issues of Social Enterprises
Entrepreneurial Leadership and Motivation
Case Study of Role Models in Education
Leadership in Healthcare
Leadership in Social Transformation
Leadership in Environmental Project
Leadership issues in violent areas
Sustainability of a Social Entreprise
Capstone Project I
Capstone Project II
Capstone Project III
Capstone Project IV
Capstone Project V
Capstone Project VI

Course Structure


Semester One Semester Two Semester Three Semester Four
Foundational Projects
- Research Methodology for Social Projects.
- History of Social Advocacy: Pakistan and Subcontinent.
- Photography and Documentary in Advocacy.
- Ethics and Society: Islamic Perspectives.
- Results Based Project Management.
- Entrepreneurial Leadership and Motivation.
Project on Educational Issue
Philosophy and Psychology of Education.
Social, Political & Economic Dynamics of Education in History.
Computer Arts and Graphics Designing for Advocacy.
Creativity, Novelty and Beauty Via Education.
Social Enterprise in Education: HRM.
Case Study of Role Models in Education.
Project on Health Issue
Philosophy and Psychology of Human Nature.
Historical Foundations of Health Care Institutions.
Recitations/Readings Related to Health and Well Being.
Health Issues Across Cultures and Ideologies.
Study of Social Enterprises in Health Care: Operations.
Leadership in Health Care.
Project on Poverty / Development Issue
Philosophy of Development and Psychology of Poverty.
Socioeconomic, Political Institutions & History of Development.
Poverty/Development Advocacy through Performing Arts.
Poverty and Women Empowerment.
Study of Social Enterprises: Finances and Accounting.
Leadership in Social Transformation.
Semester Five Semester Six Semester Seven  Semester Eight
Project on Environment Issue
Anthropocentricity and Environment.
Socioeconomic Transformation and Threat to Environment.
Literary Writing and Expression of Environmental Impact.
Artificial vs Natural/Self Sustainable Design.
Study of Social Enterprises: Marketing.
Leadership in Environmental Projects.
Project on Violence Issue
Violence, Will and Human Psyche: A Critical Investigation.
History and Kinds of Violence:. Socioeconomic and Power.
Street Art/Art Activism as Antidote to Violence.
Cultural Roots of Violence: Religion and Ethics.
Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills.
Leadership Issues in Violent Areas.
Capstone / Globalization Project
Neoliberal Foundations of Globalization.
Socioeconomic and Political Impacts of “Globalization”.
Aesthetics Approach to Urbanization and Ghettos.
Capstone Project-1.
Capstone Project-2.
Capstone Project-3.
Capstone / Globalization Project
Fusion of Global & Local Horizons; Trends in Fashion & Design.
Strategic Issues of Social Enterprises.
Sustainability of a Social Enterprise.
Capstone Project-4.
Capstone Project-5.
Capstone Project-6.