Social Innovations and Foresight


Quick Info: Bachelor ׀ Lecture, tutorial ׀ German ׀ Winter term ׀ ECTS 3

General Information

ChairProfessorship Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability
LecturerAmyn Vogel
Time3 hours (every second week)
Target Group
Seminar paper and paper presentation
Course Material
All relevant course materials will be provided at the course LSF
RotationOnce per semester

Course description and structure

Course content

The seminar offers students an overview of the principles, conditions, methods and approaches of social innovation and foresight.

The seminar is divided into three sections:

  • Overview and implications of social innovations,

  • impact and evaluation of social innovations and

  • introducing the exploration of futures.

Course structure

The first section concerns the emergence and diffusion of social innovations. Approaches and concepts for understanding organizational and systemic conditions facilitating and impeding social innovations are discussed.

The second section concerns the impact and measurement approaches of social innovations. The focus here lies on social and ecological impact and methods for evaluating them.

The third section discusses the basics of thinking about and dealing with futures. The focus is on methodological approaches and the practical application of scenario analysis.



Components of the seminar include student presentations of research articles and writing of a seminar paper.

To register, please send an email with your List of Credit Courses (Notenspiegel) and CV with 2-3 sentences on motivation to Amyn Vogel