Singapore University of Social Sciences

Community Development: Practice and Strategies

Community Development: Practice and Strategies (COS362)

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


This course builds on prior theoretical understanding of community development. It aims to deliver a practice-oriented, skills-focused knowledge base on how to implement community development models and engage in community work in contemporary Singapore. It aims to translate theory to practice by providing students with basic skills set such as community organizing, managing different interests groups, engaging stakeholders etc.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Translating community development theories into practice
  • Specific communities and their needs
  • Successful Singapore models of community organizing
  • Sustainability in community development
  • Engaging stakeholders and the state
  • Social, cultural, religious, and demographic sensitivities
  • Societies, charities, and fundraising – law and practice
  • Marketing the community
  • Group development and maintenance
  • Project management and appraisal
  • Entrepreneurship as a community development strategy
  • Leadership, empowerment and advocacy

Learning Outcome

  • Interpret community development models according to the Singapore context of needs.
  • Analyse issues and considerations in stakeholder engagement.
  • Discuss relevant laws around societies, charities, and fundraising.
  • Examine leadership, empowerment, and advocacy dynamics.
  • Apply group and project skills.
  • Demonstrate the role and limitations of the social worker.
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