General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Social Innovation Lab
Language English
Module lecturer dr Joanna Morawska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Adjunct
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 20


The course startu in the middle of November 2023 and consists of 5 meetings. The concrete day will be set according to the group. Preferebly Thursdyas efternnons 16.00-18.30.

Module aim (aims)

The aim of this module is to get insights into social innovation concept (theoretical background and practical application) with a focus on creating a better quality of life and wellbeing of the citizens. The course will also reflect on such concepts as Corporate Social Responsibility and its practical applications (in business and universities). Students will learn about actual trends in social innovation with a focus on selected priorities of Sustainable Development Goals. The practical aim of this module will be to prepare the concepts for social innovation addressed to real life problems/challenges defined by the students. Students will not only get a theoretical insight into the current global challenges in terms of social innovation but will also acquire new practical skills through the learning by doing approach and design thinking methodology. The course ends with students presentations and a joint reflection on future scenarios on human wellbeing and prosperity.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

The course is open to any discipline and practical background, though skills in team work, communication or project management experience will be helpful.


Week 1: Theoretical introduction to modern innovation ecosystems and with the focus on new thoretical concepts like e.g., Industry and Society 5.0.

Week 2: Novel types of innovation: open innovation, (digital) social innovation, green innovation and thier links to Susitaianble Development Goals.

Week 3: Review the current social innovation projects with global and local perspective – a case study presentations and discussions.

Week 4: Working on social innovation project part 1. (defining the problems, the scopes and aim, main stakeholders and main risks associated).

Week 5: Working on social innovation project part 2. (defining the main tasks, the schedule and the main outputs and outcomes as well as possible impact).

Reading list

Atlas of Social Innovation – New Practices for a Better Future (pp. 50-53). Sozialforschungsstelle, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund.

Boelman, V., Kwan, A., Lauritzen, J.R.K., Millard, J., and Schon, R. (Eds.), Growing Social Innovation: A Guide for Policy Makers, a deliverable of the project: “The theoretical, empirical and policy foundations for building social innovation in Europe” (TEPSIE), European Commission – 7th Framework Programme, Brussels: European Commission, DG Research. The Young Foundation. Available at

Murray, R., Caulier-Grice, J., Mulgan, G. (2010). The Open Book of Social Innovation, The Young Foundation, NESTA, Available at NEST website United Nation Sustainable Developent Goals platform

Vilalta, J.M., Jové, N., Gómez V., Cayetano, M. (2020), 2nd GUNi International Conference on SDGs: Higher Education & Science Take Action. Barcelona. Available at www.