Get immersed in the world of social impact practice, policy and research delivered by a team of active social impact practitioners at the Flinders Centre for Social Impact (CSI).
Learn how to apply a social impact mindset to design innovative social impact solutions to real-world scenarios and identify opportunities for creating social impact beyond ‘business as usual’. Expand your capacity to lead transformational change in for-purpose, for-profit and government sectors.
The Graduate Certificate in Social Impact is for professionals and emerging and established leaders seeking to drive and influence social impact.
Graduate Certificate in Social Impact
Duration: 0.5 years
2GC680 (Full fee paying)
Annual indicative fees (2023):
$10,926 (Full fee paying)
Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
Duration: 6 months
SATAC code: 2GD125
Annual indicative fees (2023):
$32,436 (Full fee paying)
Master in Business Administration (Social Impact)
Duration: 2 years
2CM616 (Full fee paying)
Annual indicative fees:
To be advised (Full fee paying)
Why study Social Impact at Flinders?
The course aims to provide current and future leaders and professionals with the fundamental understanding and skills they need to achieve positive social impact. The program of study is designed specifically to enhance the skills of people working or seeking to work in the social purpose or for-purpose landscape, including leaders and professionals within not-for-profits, for-purpose commercial organisations, the philanthropic sector, universities, or governments.
These courses count towards professional learning.
Each topic includes industry guest speakers, opportunities for laboratory sessions with social impact leaders and exposure to social impact research, policy and practice through the team of active social impact researchers both at Flinders and nationally.
Some topics include intensive workshops and field trips.
The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration (Social Impact) provide a structured pathway containing 16 topics. There is flexibility but generally students undertake four topics relevant to social impact, eight business and management core topics, and four elective topics.
You can also choose an industry placement instead of a topic and you could extend your industry exposure by electing to undertaking an industry entrepreneurial program: the Defence Entrepreneurship Program, the Advanced Manufacturing Entrepreneurship Program or the Wine and Tourism Entrepreneurship Program.
In the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact you will study four core topics. These topics equip students providing in depth knowledge about positive social impact and social change and how to apply these principles in the workplace. Core topics include:
In the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration, you will study eight topics including study in human resource management, marketing, economics, finance, ethics, sustainability, and the law. Second year introduces digital marketing, export management and consumer behaviour.
In the Master of Business Administration (Social Impact) you will undertake eight business and management core topics, four elective topics and four topics relevant to social impact.
You’ll be taught by an academic team that have an internationally renowned reputation for research through the Centre for Social Impact, specialising in areas like food relief services, homelessness reform, designing culturally safe services, and more.
Professor Ian Goodwin-Smith
Professor Ian Goodwin-Smith is a Matthew Flinders Professor of Social Impact and Director of the Centre for Social Impact at Flinders University. He is a researcher in the fields of social policy and social service with extensive experience in research and evaluation relating to social service improvement, systems reform and social policy. Ian has a history of working collaboratively with government and non-government organisations, communities and people who have been marginalised, and a long track record of research partnerships, both internationally and in all Australian states and territories, in metropolitan, country and remote settings.
Professor Svetlana Bogomolova
Professor Svetlana Bogomolova is a Deputy Director at the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Flinders. She is a researcher and educator in the area of health and social marketing. As a cross-disciplinary researcher, she is responsible for driving health agenda (one of three priority areas) at the College of Business Government and Law.
Most of Prof Bogomolova’s research is conducted in close collaboration with industry end-users through a process of co-design and co-creation. Svetlana's discoveries feed into the practice of industry partners (e.g., numerous national and international not-for-profit and private organisations), and inform government policies and campaigns about protecting consumer interests and encouraging healthier choices.
Associate Professor Selina Tually
Associate Professor Selina Tually is a Deputy Director with the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Flinders. She is a geographer, social researcher and evaluator with experience in housing, homelessness and community development research spanning 20 years. Selina’s expertise is co-designing and co-creating better programs, places and outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable people and communities, which for many years now has involved policy and practice relevant work to end homelessness and to address the disadvantages some people and groups face.
She is a passionate advocate for equity, inclusion and connectedness, centred on amplifying the voice of lived and living experience in systems and programs of support, and in research.
Senior Lecturer Sandra Robinson
Sandra Robinson is the Course Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and MBA Social Impact.
Sandra has more than 30 years’ experience in leadership, training and teaching, mentoring, program design and direction, collaboration and communication in education, Local Government, the Not-For-Profit sector, and state government. Her roles have included teaching in school communities, Community Development in local councils, management of a state-wide social impact measurement framework, Chief Executive leadership of a unique social impact social enterprise, and manager of a new state government program connecting people to community and systems and measuring social impact.
Applicants must either:
Applicants must either:
Applicants must either hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification; or hold the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Flinders University or equivalent qualification.
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