The Social Economy

In the Social Economy stream, students examine a wide variety of business forms which share a common characteristic of being guided not primarily by profits but by a social purpose. While there are many different ways to define the social economy, this sector is generally understood to include co-operatives, non-profit businesses, not-for-profit firms, along with social enterprises and social entrepreneurs.

In examining these forms of business, students will focus not only on operations at the level of the firm, but also the relationships among such firms. Such relationships include traditional community economic development organizations, efforts to form co-operative groups, alternative and fair trade networks as well as alternative and endogenous development models.

BA Requirements
  • AP/SOSC 1341 9.0 The Social Economy
    [6.0 towards stream; 3.0 in electives]
  • AP/SOSC 3041 6.0 The Social Economy and Alt. Dev.
    [Pre-Req. AP/SOSC 1341]
BA Honours Requirements

In addition to the BA requirements, students pursuing BA Hons. will also require:

  • AP/SOSC 4046 6.0 The Social Economy Practicum
    [Pre-Req. AP/SOSC 3041]