[The Chosun Ilbo] Plant "Social Innovation DNA" in Universities
Hanyang University establishes the nation’s first social innovation convergence major
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The Chosun Ilbo published an article on universities' social innovation education programs on July 9th. Social innovation education used to only be offered in master's and doctorate programs. Many institutes followed this course after the Social Entrepreneur Academy began at Sungkyunkwan University in 2010. Hanyang University triggered another change after establishing a social innovation major last year.
Hanyang University has been operating the Social Innovation Convergence major as an undergraduate course since it was established last year. Hanyang is the first university in the nation to incorporate such a major into the undergraduate curriculum. Students may receive a social innovation degree as part of a multiple-major after completing 36 credits. The curriculum consists of ▲Social innovation basic theory ▲Social innovation capstone design (problem solving practice) ▲Changemaker action learning (term system field practice). First, the structure of basic theory is of learning the methodology first and then actualizing solutions in a community or social economic organization.
Next, social innovation capstone design is a project course of experiencing the problems faced in practical business, and it usually consists of consulting in the field of social innovation or digital marketing class, in which social enterprises or social ventures are recruited as clients and students carry out the requested contents. Finally, changemaker action learning helps to expand the social innovation idea toward the global stage, going beyond national boundaries.
Currently there are around 80 students in the Hanyang University social innovation convergence major. There were 20 students last year which was the first year of offering the major, but majoring students are increasing rapidly, with 40 students signing up during the first semester.
Translation by: Kim Hyun-soo
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