Sociology of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Name: Sociology of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Code: SOC2431L
Duration: 15 weeks/156 hours
Scientific Area: Sociology

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese
Regime de Frequência: Presencial

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

It is intended with this course provide students with the necessary theoretical and practical foundations for knowledge, understanding and analysis of the problem of innovation and entrepreneurship. We should develop in students skills of critical reflection on the major theoretical contributions within the sociology of innovation and entrepreneurship. It is intended that students obtain skills to articulate the processes of innovation and entrepreneurship both at macro and micro-social perspective of sustainability in different areas.


Part 1 .- The entrepreneur, entrepreneurship and innovation practices
1.1. The evolution of the concept of entrepreneur and business function
1.2. The role of SMEs in the evolution of modern societies
1.3. The role of knowledge and science in producing innovation
1.4. The social innovation: from macro to micro
1.5. Innovation and Sustainable Development
1.6. Spaces and areas of innovation; Innovation networks
1.7. Innovation and Globalization
Part 2 .- The innovation as fundament of the business initiative
2.1. Concept and innovation types
2.2. The formation of typologies of entrepreneurs and innovation
2.3. The characteristics of innovative firms
2.4. Business cultures and innovation
2.5. Innovation and local cultures
Part 3.- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
3.1. What is meant by entrepreneurship
3.2. Forms and types of entrepreneurship
3.3. Entrepreneurship as an area of sociological research
3.4. Entrepreneurial culture and promotion of entrepreneurial culture

Teaching Methods

The course will be taught in form of theoretical/practical classes. Class attendance is subjected to an attendance record, being the presence obligatory in accordance to the internal regulamentation. The student can opt for the frequency regimen or a final exam. Frequency regimen: the evaluation will consist of 2 frequencies; elaboration, of practical works (attendance, participation, initiative). For assignment of the final grade each frequency will count 35% and other elements of evaluation (individual and group work, attendance, participation) 30%. However, to be approved the students must have a positive mean (10 values) for the aggregate of all frequencies and no one is less than 8 values. Final Exam: evaluation will consist in the exam. For approval student must get at least 10 points in the Examination. Working students or regular students who choose the type of evaluation by Final Exam shall also perform all other practical work.

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