Master in Social Innovation for Sustainable Development

Master in Social Innovation for Sustainable Development (ed. 2021-22)

Master in Social Innovation for Sustainable Development

1 November 2022–27 October 2023
The course is available in English
Introduction to the Master

With a global faculty and participants, this Master will challenge candidates' current beliefs and notions of social innovation, developing a new understanding of its principles and tools. Global trends show that, with the COVID-19 crisis, social exclusion, youth unemployment, migration, climate change and the problems of an ageing society are escalating. As they explore the implications of different models, participants will acquire tools and techniques for anticipating change and responding to complex situations in their respective fields. Social innovators and entrepreneurs are expected to play a crucial role in the implementation of the 2030 SDGs in the medium term. Government agencies are encouraged to seek out "the best social innovations" in their programmes. The entrepreneurs of tomorrow are required to use their new models to achieve results and scale their services, including public-private partnerships. Throughout the course, participants will be supported in the development of a specific project that will constitute their final thesis. During the classroom-based period, academics, practitioners and other resource persons will use lectures, case studies, laboratories, group work and practical exercises to strike a balance between theory and practice.

Who attends this Master?

The Master is intended for officials and/or professionals working in the public and private sectors and for UN agencies, foundations and NGOs; recent university graduates from developing and developed countries; people working or interested in social innovation and social entrepreneurship and related research; members of cooperatives. The essential requirements for admission are a university bachelor degree (minimum three years) and fluency in English.

What are the topics?

The Master prepares students to become leaders in sustainable social innovation endeavors.

  • Innovation for sustainable development
  • Leadership, collective intelligence, and creativity
  • Social business, finance, and impact evaluation
What will I learn?

Participants will acquire tools and techniques to anticipate change and respond to complex situations in their respective relevant fields. A crucial role for social innovators and entrepreneurs in the implementation of the 2030 SDGs is expected in the medium term. Government agencies are encouraged to seek out “the best social innovations” in their programmes. Entrepreneurs of tomorrow are requested to use their new models to achieve results and scale their services, including public-private partnerships.

What will I be able to do?

Students learn how to design the social development policies and principles of the future.

  • Design responsive solutions to societal challenges that fit the 2030 Agenda framework
  • Foster collaboration, through partnerships and networks, that spark public action
  • Analyze the social impact of innovative sustainable development projects
Structure

This one-year Master’s programme is intensive by design. It combines two distance learning modules with a face-to-face component.

1 November 2021 to 18 February 2022

Students learn and practice on their own time using an online platform.

This preparatory phase introduces students to the basic concepts of social innovation and sustainable development.

Topics covered include:

  • What is Social Innovation, its prospective and the links with SDGs
  • Sustainable Development and the Agenda 2030
  • Social Transformation and Societal Challenges: the ILO Future of Work
  • How Social Innovation affects Sustainable Development
  • Introduction to Project Design
  • Social forecasting and future thinking: how the world will be in the next years

3 March 2022 to 14 April 2022

The residential training period is an opportunity for students to meet one another, deepen their knowledge of the relevant topics, and gather ideas for their final project work.

Students complete an original project work related to a specific social challenge. The project should be testable at the country or community level. Tutors and professors will provide guidance.

Why should I enroll?

The Master merges theoretical and practical learning methodologies that are designed to engage and motivate students. 

  • This Master draws from the ITCILO’s training portfolio, the ILO’s research, and the Università di Torino’s academic expertise.
  • Students interact with their environment through a hands-on learning approach, which includes case studies, workshops, and group exercises.
  • Each student develops a unique final project, in the form of a thesis project.
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