Singapore University of Social Sciences

Approaches to Community Development

Approaches to Community Development (COS361)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Community development is a methodology involving geographic, demographic, social, cultural, or psychological communities. Members in a community or different communities come together to generate social solutions to common or shared problems in order to influence decisions or take action to positively affect their lives or improve their environment. Community development promotes active, representative, and inclusive participation of community members. This course provides students with an understanding of the roots, development, and theoretical underpinnings of community development. Students will also examine community groups and community development approaches in Singapore.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • A Framework for Community Development
  • Theories of Community Development
  • Approaches to Community Development globally and regionally
  • Social Work Community Development Practice
  • Community Development Concepts in Singapore
  • History of Local Community Development Practice
  • Singapore’s cultural and socio-political context
  • Challenges of Community Development Process in the Local Context
  • Dynamics and Development of Community
  • Perspectives on Community Development with Specific Groups
  • New Community Groups in Singapore and their needs
  • Community Development Assessments

Learning Outcome

  • Categorise community development theoretical perspectives.
  • Analyse the development of community development globally, regionally, and locally.
  • Discuss the concept and expanding character of community.
  • Examine the development and aspirations of new community groups.
  • Apply community development theories to the needs of specific communities.
  • Apply community development practice to Singapore’s cultural and socio-political context.
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