Entrepreneurship in Society

Theoretical Background

The Diploma in Entrepreneurship in Society is strategically designed to equip the course candidate with adequate pedagogical, cultural, social and economic entrepreneurial skills. Designed to take a pedagogical orientation approach that presents the tools for teaching Entrepreneurship across primary, secondary and other levels in education, the programme is also highly practical and designed to empower both existing and would-be entrepreneurs to excel beyond the academic rigorous component of the training to succeeding in today’s constantly changing business and societal environment.

Lectures (50%) and Coursework/Physical Assemblies (50%)

The Diploma Entrepreneurship in Society programme is delivered through a combination of instructor-facilitated Internet-based teaching and two physical assemblies designed to enrich course entrants’ understanding of the subject material via practical simulations and active participatory learning.

The Diploma programme comprises 4 distinct and assessed courses:

Pedagogical Entrepreneurship

Cultural Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship

Economic Entrepreneurship


First Semester:

Assembly 1:

Establishing a student company

Forming, running and closing down a student company

Generating ideas and creativity

Student company formation and operational paradigms

Assembly 2:

Different strategies in teaching and learning entrepreneurship

School and business

Models of business in education

Second Semester:

Assembly 1:

Coaching on student company and project

Project management

Exchange of experiences

Assembly 2:

Coaching on student company and project

Exchange of experiences

Commercializing or closing down student company

Course Materials:

The prescribed course textbook in-development is Entrepreneurship in Society: Pedagogical, Cultural, Society and Economic, Bjørn Gunnar Tafjord and Michael Flowers. Additional resources that will further enhance students’ grasp of the course will be made available via course webpage; Internet access to relevant publications (case studies, etc.) and additional reading lists (optional).

Minimum: Undergraduate or Higher National Diploma qualification or Equivalent.

The course modules assume no prior knowledge of the subject material. However, candidates will be expected to possess adequate writing and communication skills in English Language.

First Semester:

Course assessments will predominantly comprise series of assignments, coursework, mini individual projects, short research reports, presentations, 4-hour written examination, and a final assessment of group or individual project work report of 1500 – 2000 words (minimum 20 references).

Second Semester:

Based on an option of Student Company or Practical Project, the student or group hands in a written report of 10000 – 12000 words.

Evaluation and Quality Assurance:

All assessments will be scaled on a grading of A – F with E being the minimum pass grade, based on the Volda University College’s system of quality education assessment.


Candidates will be expected to cover at least 1200 pages of the prescribed course text material, successfully complete all 4 courses and associated assignments and written examinations in order to attain the total of 30 ECTS Award to be granted by the Volda University College and the Diploma Entrepreneurship in Society. In essence, course participants will be expected to have either taken or take the Diploma in Democracy and Leadership course along with this programme to ensure they acquire the additional tools required to engineer Entrepreneurship in Society.


At the end of the programme, candidates will not only gain practical expertise in the subject material coupled with leadership and democracy, but also master the pedagogical skills required to teach Entrepreneurship across all educational levels including primary and secondary schools. Additionally, the course participant is expected to be a resource person in developing knowledge and attitudes that promote entrepreneurship in school, business and society. The competence gained should enable the candidate to employ entrepreneurship as a method for learning within education and be able to develop and establish different types of cultural and economic activities.

Course Materials

Course resources will be further enriched through hands-on simulations, role-plays, case studies, active participatory learning, and pre-reading materials available via dedicated forum-oriented online learning platform as well as in print edition.

Course Length

Two Semesters (9 Months) or 120 hours

Teaching Method

Blended: Instructor-led In-class and Instructor-facility Online

Language of Instruction



Candidates must achieve a minimum of 70% to be awarded the Diploma in Entrepreneurship in Society.


Continuous assessment or exercises as you progress.

Start Date: TBA

Presentation: One presentation per week

Course Venue: Online and In-Class (2 Physical Assemblies)

Tuition: TBA

Assessments Fees and 2 Assemblies: TBA

Registration: TBA

Physical Assembly No. 1: 3 days (09:00 – 17:00)

Physical Assembly No. 2: 2 days (09:00 – 17:00)

Workshops Venue: Country TBA (Attendance is compulsory)

Class size is limited.