Singapore University of Social Sciences

Leading Change for Social Impact

Leading Change for Social Impact (OST361)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Others

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: Student SUcceSS Centre


Leadership certainly involves managing change in ourselves and in others. Change is an unavoidable part of life, and yet, many people go to great lengths to avoid it. Many great challenges in our time have failed not because of a lack of tools, expertise or resources, but because of the inertia or the pushback in response to change. This inter-disciplinary course will adopt an experiential learning approach to let students understand the concept of leading change in the context of creating social impact. Students will think critically about issues of leadership, sustainability, inclusivity and social change, drawing on theories from various disciplines in psychology, neuroscience, economics, sociology, public policy and philosophy. By the end of the course, students will apply these theories and tools from these disciplines to help manage themselves and stakeholders better, all towards the goal of leading change for social impact.

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


  • Introduction to social change and impact
  • The psychology of creating sustainable change
  • Self-management tools for effecting change
  • Technical and adaptive challenges in leading change
  • Understanding stakeholder management
  • The role of business in creating social impact
  • The role of government in creating social impact
  • The role of civil society in creating social impact
  • The model of systems change in the community
  • The politics of change
  • Overcoming self-interest and creating common purpose
  • Meaning and purpose for leading change

Learning Outcome

  • Analyse factors, tolls and frameworks effecting change for the self and community.
  • Identify adaptive challenges in stakeholder and change management.
  • Examine the roles, complexities and challenges of the various sectors in society in creating social impact.
  • Practice interventions based on tools and frameworks for effecting change.
  • Apply stakeholder management skills to lead change.
  • Develop change management plans for creating social impact
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