Social Innovation Management for Smart Communities 
New Minor a.y. 2020/2021

What is a Minor

A Minor is a non-divisible, themed multidisciplinary path, composed of three modules of 6 ECTS each, that gives you the possibility of widening your main study field, enhancing your academic career and enriching your curriculum vitae through crosscutting competencies, strengthening your education or your professional activity.

Passing the three Minor exams, you will get a certification and an Open badge. The obtained ECTS may be recognised in the elective course section of your degree course once passed: please check on the website the recipients and how to enrol.

Contacts

Educational Programmes Office
 minor@unive.it

Objectives and contents

The technological and economic progress of the past fifty years has not smoothed out the social gaps or solved the serious issues concerning the unsustainable development that were already known half a century ago. On the contrary, they get worse. Even in the most advanced western countries, social cohesion is undermined by the fact the attempts to answer to the demand for more sustainable lifestyles and, in general, for a better quality of life, lack effectiveness or have not found, to date, an adequate dissemination.

The changes in the social and economic ecosystem provide a key to understanding the increasing cases of governance failure, both among companies and institutions. While rethinking its own paradigms and its system of values, the management discipline must give up the traditional techno-centric approach and contaminate itself with contributions from the humanities and social disciplines, in order to put people and society at the centre of its own value system.

Within this framework, this Minor offers students three courses which, as a whole, have the following educational objectives: a) creating awareness about the social and environmental challenges that traditional management leaves unsolved; b) to provide basic notions about the development of entrepreneurship and leadership oriented towards social sustainable innovation; c) to describe the most recent models of social innovation, smart communities and smart cities, as well as the link between these models and the value systems of the communities; d) to teach basic theoretical and practical tools to study people’s behaviour, to understand the psychological determinants of choices and, consequently, to adopt the most suitable policies to spread the adoption of "smart" and sustainable lifestyles.

Each of the modules will include the description of case studies and one or more laboratory activities, aimed at improving the learning of the notions and tools explained in class.

Language

This Minot is taught in English.

Modules of the Minor

Academic year 2020/2021

Recipients and credits recognition

The Minor is offered free of charge to Ca’ Foscari undergraduate and postgraduate students.

It is possible to enrol as an external user, with a charge of 496 euros (480 euros + 16 euros duty stamp), reduced to 336 euros (320 euros + 16 euros duty stamp) if you are enrolled in another university.

If you are a Ca’ Foscari undergraduate student, this Minor can be recognised in the elective course section of your Bachelor’s degree with the following exceptions: undergraduate students enrolled to Business Administration, International Trade and Tourism, Economics and Business, Digital Management (all the undergraduate programmes of the economic area).

Enrolment, attendance and exams

This Minor is offered to a maximum of 24 participants. The call for application will be published on October 26th 2020.
Admitted students will proceed with the enrolment according to the timing defined in the call.

The enrolment procedures depend on the type of user: Ca’ Foscari undergraduate students, Ca’ Foscari postgraduate students or external users.

Ca’ Foscari undergraduate students

The Minor is offered free of charge to Ca’ Foscari undergraduate students. Before enrolling you must have finalised your enrolment to your Bachelor’s Degree course, otherwise you will be charged a 480 euros fee.

You can enrol to the Minor in the academic year you prefer: during the first, the second or the third.

You must enrol to the complete Minor path, composed by three modules. Once passed, you will receive the separate certification and an Open Badge, and the ECTS obtained may be recognised in the elective course section of your degree course (please, check the “Recipients and credits” section).

In order to attend the three modules, sign up and take the exams, you must enrol to the Minor path.

Enrolment lasts one year: it is mandatory to attend the three modules in the same year and take the exams in the three exam sessions available. In case of failure in passing the full Minor path, you will still be entitled to receive the certification of the exams you passed but the credits of the Minor will not be recognised in the elective course section of your degree course.

Ca’ Foscari postgraduate students

The Minor is offered free of charge to Ca’ Foscari postgraduate students, but it cannot be recognised in the elective course section of your Master's degree.

Before enrolling to the Minor, you must have finalised your enrolment to your Master’s Degree course, otherwise you will be charged a 480 euros fee.

You must enrol on the Minor path, composed by three modules. Once passed, you will get the certification and the Open Badge.

In order to attend, sign up and take the exams, you must enrol to the Minor path.

Enrolment lasts one year: it is mandatory to attend the three modules in the same year and take the exams in the three exam sessions available. In case of failure in passing the full Minor path, you will still be entitled to receive the certification of the exams you passed, but neither the Minor certification nor the Open Badge.

External users

External users, not enrolled to Ca' Foscari undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, can enrol to the Minor with a charge of 496 euros (480 euros + 16 euros duty stamp).

If you are a student in another university, the fee is reduced to 336 euros (320 euros + 16 euros duty stamp). At the end of the enrolment process, stop before you make the payment and click on this link in order to get in touch with the Enrolment unit. Ca' Foscari staff will contact you to explain how to get the reduction on the enrolment fee.

You must enrol on the Minor path, composed by three modules. Once passed the three exams, you will be entitle to receive the certification and an Open Badge.

In order to attend, sign up and take the exams, you must enrol on the Minor path.

Enrolment lasts one year: it is mandatory to attend the three modules in the same year and to take the exams in the three exam sessions available. In case of failure in passing the full Minor path, you will still be entitled to receive the certification of the exams you passed, but neither the Minor certification nor the Open Badge.