Creating a Social Enterprise - What is a Social Enterprise?

Creating a Social Enterprise - What is a Social Enterprise?

Lesson 1 of 5 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Social
  • Social Action
  • Economic
  • Enterprise Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students compare similar scenarios to distinguish between wants and needs. Using this, they will explore the relationship between things we need in life and social issues before examining the different types of enterprise operations that exist and how they do or do not address social issues, using examples from Australia and afar. 

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • be able tounderstand the difference between wants and needs.
  • be able to define what social issues are.
  • distinguish between a business, charity and social enterprise.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • describe the difference between wants and needs and how these relate to social issues.
  • identify social issues within their local community and broader society.
  • use information to determine if an organisation is a business, charity, or social enterprise.

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Curriculum mapping

This unit of lessons is intended to focus on many of the General Capabilities of the curriculum. There are many elements of the curriculum that can be overlaid into these lessons with minor modifications on the part of the teacher. For a full breakdown of the General Capabilities used and the curriculum links that can be drawn into each lesson, click here.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Creating a Social Enterprise.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium — facilitate class discussion.

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This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • critical thinking
  • enterprise
  • ethical understanding 
  • empathy

Additional info

Cool would like to thank Social Enterprise Academy for supporting the development of these lessons.

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