Social Innovation in South Korea

Learn the key concepts and best practices in the field of social innovation, focusing on social entrepreneurs in South Korea.

  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours

Explore the impact of being a changemaker in society

Social innovation applies effective and sustainable solutions to global social and environmental problems, such as poverty, disease and pollution. One interesting way of implementing social innovation is through social entrepreneurship.

On this course, you will explore social innovation, entrepreneurship, and social impact while examining changemaking case studies in South Korea.

You will build your understanding of global social problems and learn how to balance financial and social values. You will also develop your own passion for making a positive change in society.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 15 secondsCan you guess the name of the country portrayed in this picture? Yes, this is South Korea right after the Korean War in 1950’s. What a poor country.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 secondsAs you can easily imagine, there were lots of, lots of social problems at that time: poverty, disease, homeless, educational gap, and so on. However, that poor country somehow became a very successful economy, addressing those social problems pretty well. In so doing, ODA (Official Development Assistance) from foreign countries played an important role in the growth of Korean economy. One interesting observation is that South Korea is the only case in the history in which an ODA recipient countries becomes a donor country.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 secondsHow could it be?

Skip to 1 minute and 22 secondsHello everyone. 안녕하세요? My name is Hyun Shin, and I teach social innovation and impact business at Hanyang University. I am very excited to meet you all who are interested in learning social innovation movement in South Korea.

Skip to 1 minute and 39 secondsSouth Korea, which was poor, now becomes a rich country with the help from other countries. And Koreans, especially young people, want to pay back for what they have received in the past. Accordingly, they pay lots of attention to SDGs, sustainable development goals, proposed by UN, so that they can contribute to solving social problems across nations. Therefore, it might be interesting to share what South Korea has learned during the development process, and what young Koreans are doing in order to help other countries in need. This course consists of little bit of lectures, some reading assignments, and most importantly, lively interviews with social entrepreneurs in South Korea.

Skip to 2 minutes and 30 secondsThrough this course learners will acquire basic understanding of social innovation, and foster strong motivation to help others by using their knowledge and expertise. I suggest you to take what you have learned from this course and act upon it. And I’m looking forward to meeting you all one day and share what we shall have practiced. I Hope you enjoy this course. Thank you. 감사합니다.

What topics will you cover?

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Innovation
  • Social Impact
  • Collective Impact

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Understanding of social entrepreneurship and social innovation
  • Understanding of social impact and impact investing
  • Examine impactful cases in South Korea
  • Creating new ideas for making collective impacts

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to know more about social innovation and the social entrepreneurship movement in South Korea.

Who will you learn with?

Hyun Shin

Hyun Shin

Hyun Shin (Ph.D., UCLA) serves as Associate Professor, Ashoka U Change Leader, Director of Social Innovation Lab, and Director of Impact Business Research Center at the Hanyang University.

Who developed the course?

Hanyang University

Since its establishment in 1939 as South Korea’s first engineering institute, Hanyang University has been a major driving force behind Korea’s development.