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 Noviembre 2020–29 Octubre 2021
El curso está disponible en English

In light of the uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 edition is designed as follows:

In principle, the face-to-face component of the programme to be carried out on the Turin Campus is maintained but reduced in length, and will take place from 15 March to 23 April 2021. By 1 December 2020, in light of the circumstances at that time, the Scientific Committee may adopt the decision that the programme will be held entirely online. 

In case no such decision is adopted by 1 December 2020, the normal TSD policy on emergency will apply. If the programme is delivered entirely online, the curriculum will be adjusted accordingly but students will still have to engage in a highly interactive segment from 15 March to 23 April 2021.

In view of the above, the deadline for the applications has been extended until 18 September 2020; nevertheless, applying within 25 June is highly recommended.

With a global faculty and participants, the master will challenge your current beliefs and notions of social innovation with a view to developing a new understanding of its principles and tools.

Global development trends show that Covid 19 crisis, social exclusion, youth unemployment, migration, climate change, ageing society are escalating.

By recognizing how social innovation goes beyond technology and current beliefs, you will explore the implication of different models.

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

Presentación del Maestría

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.

¿Quiénes participan en este 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?

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?

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

This one-year Master is intensive by design. The duration is 1 year with only 6 weeks of face-to-face learning activities taking place in Turin, Italy. This makes the programme accessible and affordable for working practitioners and students coming from outside of Italy.

It combines two distance-learning modules with a face-to-face component.

1 November 2020 to 28 February 2021

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:

• Social transformation and related challenges
• The role of technology for social purposes
• The UN’s 2030 Agenda and the ILO’s Future of Work Agenda

15 March 2021 to 23 April 2021

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.

3 May 2021 to 31 October 2021

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 workable thesis.
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Common questions
Fees and application

The tuition fee is set at €8,500.

The fee includes:

  • programme development and management
  • teaching equipment, training materials and documentation
  • use of training facilities and support services

Board, lodging, travel expenses, transports and personal expenses for the period in Turin are not included in the cost of participation.

Applicants interested in participating to this Master should complete and submit the application form by clicking on APPLY in the left upper corner of this page not later than 18 September 2020.

Important: only complete application forms will be considered during the candidate selection process.

For more information on the Master, please contact the course secretariat.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a first level university degree of at least 3 years’ duration.

The validity of non-Italian degrees must be recognized under Italian law and regulations.

The Master is entirely delivered in English. Knowledge of the English language is a pre-requisite and must be proven in the application form with supporting documents.

Payment, cancellation, refunds

Sponsoring institutions and self-paying participants are strongly encouraged to pay participation fees a month prior to the start date of the Master in order to secure enrollment and the timely issuance of visas. The individual participation fees are payable in full and all related bank charges (bank of origin, correspondent bank and recipient bank) shall be entirely borne by the participant or the sponsoring institution(s).

The payment schedule is as follows:

  • Immediately a non-refundable enrollment fee of €1,500 to confirm the participation
  • 50% of the fees payable prior to the start date of the distance learning phase
  • the remainder of the fees payable at least by 15 December 2020

The exact deadlines by which the payments should be made will be announced along with the selection results.

Cancellation of participation will result in the following penalties:

Tuition fees 

  • non-refundable enrollment fee of €1,500;
  • no reimbursement of tuition fees will be made after the beginning of the face-to-face learning phase. 

Accomodation fees 

  • no penalty will be applied on accommodation fees in case of written notification of cancellation up to 14 days prior to the start date of the face-to- face phase;
  • thereafter, a fixed penalty of €1,000 will apply on accommodation fees in addition to the accommodation costs already incurred and calculated on a weekly basis;
  • in case of change of room type or occupancy option, a fixed penalty fee of €500 per person will apply.

Refunds, where and as applicable, will be processed with all bank charges to be borne by the participants or the sponsoring institutions.

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