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Entrepreneurship Education in the Faculty of Arts

Motivation

With the current climate of reform in Higher Education which is pushing students towards streamlined on-time education for the purpose of being able to contribute to the economy students in the Faculty of Arts, and their teachers, feel pressurized to become employable citizens for society. In addition there is a national movement that questions the purpose of some disciplines and their ‘usefulness’ in society. Motivated by the employability agenda our research group will focus on how entrepreneurship education is taught in the Arts. In the Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University we have a broader definition of entrepreneurship than the one usually understood; creating economical value through venture creation and start-ups. Our vision is that teaching through entrepreneurial methods allows students to create value for themselves and others. Arts and Humanities students are interested in working with societal, welfare, health, and environmental problems. They are interested in problems around, for example equity, social justice, human rights, healthy living, life-style, green energy and waste.

Objectives

The goal of teaching a broad definition of entrepreneurship is that students can:

  • articulate their own competences
  • develop an entrepreneurial mindset
  • learn how to collaborate with others
  • actively engage in real life challenges
  • identify potential opportunities to create value for others 

These objectives will be investigated from the perspectives of philosophy, design and experimental communities.

Research questions

How do students co-create with each other through their academic knowledge?

How can students link their academic knowledge to societal practices?

How is an entrepreneurial mindset developed in learning situations?

What methods nurture the development of an entrepreneurial mindset?