NIE301 Learning with Communities

NIE301 Learning with Communities is an SUSS Core Course that utilises an experiential learning approach in collaboration with diverse stakeholders to empower students to navigate responsible action for real-world community impact

Students undertaking NIE301 will learn the skills to co-create, implement and co-evaluate reciprocal community change initiatives in collaboration with diverse stakeholders. They will be equipped with the experiences, skills and values to continue to learn through practice and critical reflection on what it means to do good well as a way of life.

Each tutorial group is centred around a curated theme and learners are expected to collaborate with community partners/members to propose and implement a Service-Learning initiative.



Please note that the availability of themes may vary every year and/or semester.


Students will learn about a range of health topics (that cover different health dimensions including physical, emotional and mental), and how various community organisations are engaging the wider population to support individuals, patients and their families.

This course will expose students to curated health topics, and how this relate to and impact the lives of communities. Students will explore diverse ways to advocate about curated health topics, and engage various stakeholders including patients, their families and community at large etc., to work towards specific individual and community goals of enhancing their health status and maintaining their quality of life.

In an era marked by rapid urbanization, climate change, and global interconnectedness, ensuring food security has become a critical challenge for cities worldwide. Here, we take participants on an immersive experience through the dynamic foodscape of Singapore as the nation embarks on its journey towards food security. Through Service-Learning, this course is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of food security as well as the various strategies and innovations by various parties. In addition to a series of lectures, in-class activities and site visits, participants will have the opportunities to learn alongside our community partners through the design and execution of projects related to food security in Singapore.

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"I feel that food security is an increasingly relevant issue in today's world and I appreciated having the freedom and flexibility to explore specific topics that we were interested in. Through our project, we promoted the theory of permaculture and encouraged the public to grow sustainable community and home gardens."


Lim Kim Yong Sean
Full-Time Human Resource Management Student

This Tutorial Group (TG) aims to provide students with an understanding of wetland ecosystems and the challenges and opportunities in habitat conservation. Through the application of the principles of Service-Learning and other theories, students will examine environmental conservation in the context of Singapore, in particular the mangrove ecosystem. They will learn to appreciate the benefits mangrove ecosystems bring to humans and the environment. Along this journey, students will enhance their critical thinking skills as they assess the impacts, challenges and opportunities in the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems.

Lessons will involve case studies, role-play, personal reflections and the student’s active participation to explore social, economic and environmental aspects of wetland conservation, in a safe and engaging learning environment.

At the end of the course, students will be able to identify key species of Singapore’s mangrove flora and fauna, recognise the importance of wetlands, discuss environmental conservation issues through the lens of systems thinking, and assess the value of mangrove ecosystem services from multiple perspectives. The students will also be able to plan and organise a nature guided tour to engage the identified community, and execute a nature guided tour with confidence.

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"The theory-based knowledge expanded my horizon on the many big-picture perspectives regarding the environment, while the hands-on opportunities I have gained, such as tree-planting and nature guiding, went hand-in-hand with each other."


Elise Tang Rui Si
Full-Time Marketing Student

Social change can begin right at our doorsteps, such as within our own neighbourhoods or even at our work and study places. Though this Tutorial Group, learn how to discover assets in the neighbourhoods – such as the cats you see at the void deck! - for enabling sustainable social change, such as stronger communities. You will get to conceptualise and implement a ground-up Service-Learning initiative building on these assets, putting into practice the theories you pick up during the NIE301 classes.

The strategy to guide your Service‑Learning efforts is the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach. ABCD proposes that assets (such as the strengths and resources with us and around us) are the building blocks for sustainable community change. You get to test out ABCD, experiencing it and reflecting if this is indeed the way to a better community life.

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"I had opportunities to gain necessary knowledge and skills to drive sustainable change in my community. I learned how to build upon the strengths and assets of individuals and groups, creating a culture of collaboration and empowerment that leads to positive, lasting change."


Muhammad Amirul Akmal Bin Nazam
Part-Time Bachelor of Communication Student

Persons with disabilities – in the form of physical, sensory and intellectual ones, as well as autism – have their education, employment and recreational prospects, as equal members of the community, significantly reduced as a result of these disabilities (source: Singapore’s Enabling Masterplan). Inclusion efforts aim to address this situation, lowering or removing barriers for their equal participation, which might even include our very own mindsets. In this Tutorial Group, you get the opportunity to take part in Service-Learning initiatives, working alongside Community Partners and persons with disabilities, to find out what are some on-the-ground strategies for promoting disability inclusion.

As you experience these efforts, you will be facilitated to reflect on how the theories and practices you have come across in this TG have shaped you to be an agent of inclusion, be it within this TG or beyond.

* The Office of Service-Learning reserves the rights to amend and/or revise the above content without any prior notification.



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