Making a Business Case for Social Change

Making a Business Case for Social Change  


Are you interested in organising civil-society action or creating inclusive working conditions for marginalised people by means of social enterprises? Then join the Making a Business Case for Social Change exchange programme.

About the programme


Title: Making a Business Case Social Change

Duration of programme: 1. Semester (30 ECTS)

Semester start – semester end: Mid-August – December.

Application deadline: 1 June every year

Location of study: Horsens. Read about Campus Horsens (in English).

Language: English

Structure and content
In the Making a Business Case programme you will gain skills in becoming a change agent.

Across the world we see a movement in civil society towards the creation of new ways of organising living and working conditions (for marginalised people) with a renewed focus on social inclusion, sustainability and growth.

To meet these challenges and make a business case for social change, this programme introduces you to the art of combining co-creation, social justice, social enterprising and design thinking.


  • Build partnerships across professions and sectors of society
  • Work with empowerment strategies and participatory democracy
  • Facilitate new networks of change

Social justice

  • Analyse social structures
  • Identify disharmonies
  • Take an ethical standpoint
  • Address power-structures and strive towards local and global sustainability

Social enterprise

  • Organise people, power and resources
  • Develop business-models for social enterprise
  • Gain knowledge about fund-raising and legal questions

Design thinking

  • Idea generation
  • Prototyping, branding, marketing and storytelling

Work with real life challenges

The programme includes on-campus instruction and guest lectures as well as study trips around Denmark, where the students explore a variety of social enterprises. These hands-on encounters enable international networking, invite the students to make cross-national comparisons and pave the way for international collaboration in the future.

In a vibrant international student environment and in close collaboration with the local student entrepreneurship centre, you will work with real life challenges and the outcome of the semester will be your own individual business plan for a social enterprise.


Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (20 ECTS) Inter-professional Collaboration (10 ECTS)


There are two exams:

  • The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship module will be assessed by an oral group examination based on an innovative practical project.
  • The Inter-professional Collaboration module will be assessed by an individually written assignment.

Read about the Course modules (in English)

Read more about Making a Business Case for Social Change (pdf) (in English)

Making a Business Case for Social Change is open to both international and Danish students.

With regard to English language proficiency, we expect you to be able to speak and write English at a B2 level.

It is a requirement that you are able to follow the semester and complete examinations in English (equivalent to level B2)

How to apply
You can apply for Making a Business Case for Social Change in the autumn semester.

The application deadline is 1 June every year.

Who can apply?

Both international students and Danish students may apply.


You have to fill in an online application form. Go to the application form (in English) 

Fees and tuition
Get information about tuition fee.

If you are studying at an institution with a bilateral partner agreement with VIA University College, your participation in the international exchange programme is tuition free.

Students from institutions without a bilateral partner agreement must pay 4,000.00 EUR. Read more about fees and finances

Student counselling
We are ready to help you with any questions you might have before you apply.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding your attendance at Making a Business Case for Social Change.

Please contact the student counsellor:

Hanne Mahler

You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

VIA University College
Campus Horsens
Chr. M. Ostergaardsvej 4
DK – 8700 Horsens

Esben Hulgård
T: +45 87 55 36 61

Read about Campus Horsens (in English)