Greece, Rhodes island

Social Investments and Social Economy –Theory, Practice and European Policies

when 7 September 2015 - 13 September 2015
duration 1 week
fee EUR 100

The expected learning outcomes of the course are participants to:
• Recognize the characteristics and limits of social economy, as a third economic sector, whose primary purpose is common good, producing positive social results.
• Distinguish the quality elements which define private and public investments as social and understand how investments can produce positive effects on employment and social cohesion.
• Familiarize with the idea, practices and challenges of social evaluation and measuring social impact, both methodologically
as well as factors facilitating economic reliability and investment preference through initiatives from the social economy.
• Be aware of the latest developments regarding public administration and market economy, as they are formed by the European Union and particularly the European Commission's initiatives, the G8 and OECD in the course thematic area.
• Cooperate with distinguished academics, researchers, experts of the European Commission and senior government officials,
enhancing their professionalism and acquire practical policy design knowledge as well as problem solving techniques which combine financial, social and managerial challenges.
The structure and material of the Course
were designed in a way of optimally combining a vertical training with participatory knowledge production, especially through targeted workshops and virtual design of portfolio policy and planning management, including virtual crisis management in an existing society which suffers from great depression and non-manageable levels of unemployment and disinvestment.

Course leader

The Course Leader is Dr. George Tsobanoglou, PhD Sociology, Carleton Director, ERGAXIA-Sociology of Work Laboratory,
President, International Sociological Association, Research Committee on Sociotechnics & Sociological Practice (ISA-RC26)

Target group

This course is intended for educators that want to familiarise or get involved with Social Economy enterprises and investments. Social entrepreneurs, local business actors, educated youngsters who wish to gain knowledge on organising a Social Εnterprise. Also, PhD, MSc and undergraduate students (of every field) are also welcome to attend this course.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to provide scientific knowledge and strengthen administrative capacity of participants in an interdisciplinary field of interest with an emphasis on social investments in the social economy sector. The EU and in particular countries in deep recession and strict fiscal adjustment programs seeking ways of public and private investments with a visible and measurable positive effect on employment and social cohesion.
The social economy sector is the rising third sector between the public and the business and its contribution in the quality of employment and family income is well documented - especially when it comes to persons belonging to vulnerable social groups.

Distinguished academics, lecturers, experts from the European Commission and senior public sector executives offer a broad and interdisciplinary cover of this emerging field.

Fee info

EUR 100: For registering until the 30th of June.
The cost includes:
 tuition fees,
 coffee during courses,
 one gala dinner,
 field visit in Rhodes
 lecture notes,
 flash memory stick with all the course material
 tourist guides-maps and the participant’s bag.
EUR 150: For registration after the 30th of June
The cost includes:
 tuition fees,
 coffee during courses,
 one gala dinner,
 field visit in Rhodes
 lecture notes,
 flash memory stick with all the course material
 tourist guides-maps
 and the participant’s bag.