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Entrepreneurship Education in the Humanities


In the current climate of reform in higher education, there is a push towards streamlined on-time education with an expectation that students contribute to the economy in particular ways. Students of the humanities, and their teachers, feel pressurised to become effective citizens for society. In addition, there is a national agenda that questions the effectiveness and relevance of some humanities disciplines in contemporary society.

Motivated by the employability and relevance agenda, this research group will focus on entrepreneurship education in the humanities.The group has defined entrepreneurship broadly as about creating value for others. We seek to move away from the general notion that entrepreneurship is only about creating economic value. Students of the humanities are interested in working with a wide range of societal, welfare, health and environmental problems, and in dealing with issues such as equity, social justice, human rights, healthy living, lifestyle, green energy and waste.

So the research seeks to find ways to develop educational pedagogies that combine individual competences with academic knowledge together with others and work with societal problems to create new knowledge and value for others. This research unit is interested in how these broader agendas are scaffolded and supported in teaching by using entrepreneurship as a pedagogy for change. Through action research and educational designs this approach is integrated into a number of courses across the Arts Faculty.


  • The goal of teaching a broad definition of entrepreneurship is that students can:
  • express their own skills and 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, ethnography, 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?