Graduate Certificate in Social Impact

Course GC-SOCIMP (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Jim Frederickson


Melbourne Business School

Admissions Office

200 Leicester Street

Carlton Victoria 3053 Australia

Tel: + 61 3 9349 8200


Course Overview:

This course specialises in social impact.

Learning Outcomes:

Students completing the Graduate Certificate of Social Impact will:

  • Be able to describe the trends and drivers re-shaping the dynamics of the social economy;
  • Recognise the responsibility for social impact comes from the interaction of business, social enterprises, government (and its public service agencies), philanthropic foundations and individuals, and community-based organisations;
  • Be able to select appropriate governance, management and value sets in each sector;
  • Be able to critically evaluate concepts such as social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, social investment and collaborative governance;
  • Be able to analyse global trends and organisations that affect social change and impact.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

The award contains one foundation subject and three elective subjects for a total of four subjects.

Subject Options:

Foundation Subject

A compulsory requirement for the award

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Elective Subjects

* Social Investment and Philanthropy (offered by Swinburne University)

* Other Melbourne Business School electives that fit with the students' interest and study plan (subject to course pre-requisite requirements and approval)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
January, April, May, June
Entry Requirements:

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criterion –
• an undergraduate degree in any discipline or equivalent; and
• at least two years of documented relevant work experience, or equivalent.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews for short listed applicants or call for referees

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None

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