Master in Social Innovation for Sustainable Development (ed. 2020-2021)

Master in Social Innovation for Sustainable Development (ed. 2020-2021)

Master in Social Innovation for Sustainable Development (ed. 2020-2021)

2 November 2020–29 October 2021
The course is available in English

To be truly sustainable, today’s development projects must be designed with future generations in mind. Learn how to create forward-thinking projects that connect stakeholders, stimulate innovation, and make progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals in this popular new Master.

Key features
Modern methods

Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, and group exercises

Inspiring discussions

Exchange ideas with international students and faculty

High-level resources

Engage with experts from the ILO and other international organizations

Introduction to the Master

An international approach is applied to the contents and methodology of this Master, as well as to the composition of the faculty. Participants will acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge and professional skills necessary for operating in the context of social innovation and social entrepreneurship for development and growth. They will be exposed to international approaches and practices with a view to better understanding their social innovation impacts and the rise of hybrid organizations. The Master provides a set of methods and tools for designing innovative solutions within the framework of the SDGs by looking into recent changes and trends in the major economic regions of the world. 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 and to stimulate interaction with the resource persons and among participants.

Who attends this Master?

The Master is intended for: - officials and/or professionals working in the public and private sectors, 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 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?

Students adopt a human-centered approach to digital transformation and its effect on the future of work.

  • All about the ecosystem of social innovation, including its structure and key stakeholders
  • How to utilize design thinking methods to move from ideas to the social business model
  • The importance of decision-making processes in social innovation
What will I be able to do?

This intensive, year-long Master focuses on 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
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 workable thesis.
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