Cherie Enns

Associate Professor, University of the Fraser Valley, MCIP, RPP, PhD(Cand)

I am passionate about ideas related to community planning and more just urban form. Having lived as a child in Kenya this part of the world is an area I love. However I have lived and worked in many wonderful places including India and South East Asia. I am excited to be part of a global learning platform. Furthermore with my adult children now also in university I am honoured to have the time to teach/interact with youth around the world.

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Globalization, climate change, polarization and conflict partnered with rapidly increasing technology and communications make us more aware of both the problems and opportunities facing humanity and our planet today. However, access to technology and communications is increasing and this is providing young people with the opportunity to address the problems facing humanity in innovative and novel ways. This social entrepreneurship course is designed to introduce youth to development trends and equip them with the business savoir­faire to create social change in their communities through starting and growing a successful social enterprise.

Students will be exposed to the concept of social entrepreneurship and learn how social entrepreneurs are bringing social change and new opportunities to their communities. This course introduces students to the basics of social enterprise planning and its role in sustainable development. As such, students will learn how local, national, and international development trends can intersect and interact with enterprise for the benefit of entrepreneurs and society.

Ultimately, students will be equipped to understand how enterprise can be a tool for achieving social change, along with the necessary tools to become effective and sustainable social entrepreneurs themselves. The final project presents the students with an opportunity to have their concepts reviewed by a virtual panel of potential funders. If you are looking to gain valuable tools to prepare you to make an impact in your community, this is course is designed for you!

Course Impact

Like all of our courses, Social Enterprise has been designed around a set of Sustainable Development Goals published by the United Nations.  With this course, we hope to provide you with a quality education in business practices, to promote gender equality in business, to provide you with a path to employment, to promote innovation, to reduce inequality through corporate responsibility, to encourage responsible business, and to promote progress through partnership.



Course Expectations

Upon completion of the Social Enterprise course, students will be expected to:

  • Recognize the importance of sustainable development and social enterprise business practice;
  • Understand the complexity of social change and the concept of social entrepreneurship;
  • Recognize the positioning of social entrepreneurship between civil society, the market, and  government in responding to developmental challenges;
  • Appreciate the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship in creating and managing a growing enterprise which considers social impact creation through its goods and/or services;
  • Analyze a wide range of social entrepreneurial cases and consider social impact of initiatives;
  • To expand their understanding, talent, and fundamental views for taking action and being a social entrepreneur;
  • Develop a social enterprise business feasibility analysis and begin to create a social enterprise pre-­business plan;
  • Begin to quantify the social impacts of a business and put in place both a pitch for their concept and an evaluation framework;
  • Further respond to the requirements of the UN Youth Fun related to project management.


Course Approach and Methods

This is a collaborative learning experience requiring students to engage in on­line discussions, several real­time virtual lectures and presentations. Students will also be instructed on how to use the online platform to upload and share assignments, as well as dialogue amongst themselves to share experiences, successes and challenges. Each week students will be assigned an activity requiring them to engage with their community and works towards applying their new knowledge to funded projects.

In this applied, project­based course, students will access a variety of video and text presentations/lectures and do collaborative activities with other students via online interactions to come to a better understanding of how having a social enterprise can benefit both the community and the business. The following lists the specific instructional methods that will be used:

  • On­line lectures using PowerPoint presentations with voice activation;
  • Real­time or video lectures and presentations by experts;
  • On­line interaction and weekly discussion board postings related to reflection questions on assigned readings;
  • Individual or group activities on a topic area of interest to the students related to innovation and social change;
  • Short weekly assignments to apply course materials;
  • Online polls with student feedback;
  • Mini case­studies and YouTube videos about social entrepreneurs;
  • The creation of a pre­business plan and proposal pitch.


Proposed Timeline


  1. Developmental Trends: Globalization, Innovation, and the Environment
  2. Sustainable Development as a Frame of Reference
  3. The Opportunity for Social Enterprise
  4. External Analysis and Positioning of Social Enterprise
  5. Introduction to Business Feasibility Analysis and Pre-­Business Plans
  6. Feasibility Analysis and Pre­Business Plan for your Social Enterprise
  7. Basics of Reporting and Financial Management
  8. Project Evaluation and Preparation of the Virtual Pitch
  9. Project Presentations: YouTube Pitch to Virtual Panel
  10. Project Presentations: YouTube Pitch to Virtual Panel



  • 30% Feasibility Analysis and Pre-­Business Plan
  • 25% Weekly Assignments, on­line participation and group activities
  • 25% Audio­Visual YouTube Presentation
  • 10% Evaluation Framework
  • 10% Creation of a Social Media tool and Google Earth map


Reading List

Students registered in the course will need to have regular access to the Internet in order to review the wide range of weekly required and suggested resources.


Stratford, K. (2013). Social Enterprise: An Introduction. Victoria: Blue Beetle Books Inc.


Bornstein, D. and S. Davis. 2010. Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

MacMillan, I. and J. Thompson.  (2013).  Social Entrepreneur's Playbook.  Wharton Digital Press:­Entrepreneurs­Playbook­Excerpt­WDP­Site­Rev.pdf

Course content

  • Week 1: Developmental Trends: Globalization, Innovation, and the Environment

  • Week 2: Sustainable Development as a Frame of Reference

  • Week 3: The Opportunity for Social Enterprise in our Unequal World

  • Week 4: External Analysis and Positioning of Social Enterprise

  • Week 5: Introduction to Business Feasibility Analysis and Pre-­Business Plans

  • Week 6: Feasibility Analysis and Pre­Business Plan for your Social Enterprise

  • Week 7: Basics of Reporting and Financial Management

  • Week 8: Project Evaluation and Preparation of the Virtual Pitch

  • Weeks 9 & 10: Project Presentations: YouTube Pitch to Virtual Panel

  • Meet Professor Cherie Enns

  • Mandatory Outgoing Survey

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