Community Engaged Course (CEC)

Community Engaged Course are approved credit-bearing courses that integrate community engagement into the course design. Students will receive credit units for courses that they have completed satisfactorily.

These courses allow students to fufill their CE experiential graduation requirement, and students are encouraged to apply what they have learnt to continue serve the community.

2.5 cu

The course will expose students to mangrove ecology and the impact of human activities on the mangrove ecosystem. Working with related community partners on community-based projects related to mangrove conservation, students will participate in and gain experience on conservation projects. They will be guided to reflect critically on the importance of mangrove conservation in Singapore and the region, and recognise the inherent challenges and emergent opportunities.

Students can fulfil the CE experiential graduation requirement upon satisfactory completion of this course.

2.5 cu

Volunteers have played a significant role in building communities and remain a cornerstone in the work of the people sector and non-profit organisations. It is hence critical that organisations are able to effectively manage their volunteer resources, and to do so will require a robust volunteer management framework. This course is set up to provide the fundamentals of such a framework.

Students may then join the Volunteer Management Fellowship (VMF) programme, which requirements include completing OCE165. One other requirement is to complete a job placement in volunteer management, allowing you to concurrently fulfil the CE experiential graduation requirement under the Community Engaged Work pathway. Being a part of the VMF will allow you to explore volunteer management as a career.

2.5 cu

In this course, students will learn and apply community engagement skills to achieve positive community development outcomes and reflect on whether these outcomes lead to meaningful and sustainable community change. By designing and carrying out ground-up community projects, students will be facilitated to “learn by doing”. They would be introduced to the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach - which presents a mindset and method for enabling sustainable community change – in addition to other tools to conceptualise, test and reflect on their ground-up projects.

OCE175 guides you with skills to design a ground-up project. Students can then move on to execute this ground-up project to fulfil CE under the Community Service-Learning pathway.

5 cu

This course examines autism, its early signs and primary symptoms within the spectrum of autism disorder. It highlights the challenges that ASD poses to both diagnosis, treatment, intervention and teaching. The provision of support and educational placement is examined in terms of the major approaches to supporting autism needs including the strategies that have been found to be effective in managing behaviours and imparting skills based on research on autism. Support for ASD is also examined within the framework of inclusion. In the course, students will have the opportunity to carry out an applied project to support the community and social service sector, in line with CE objectives.

Offered by the Minor in Special Education Programme at SUSS’ S R Nathan School of Human Development, SPE205 is packaged – in partnership with OSLCE - as a Community Engaged Course. Students can fulfil the CE experiential graduation requirement upon satisfactory completion of this course.

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