Singapore University of Social Sciences

Social Work Practice and Skills Lab III: Working with Organisations and Communities

Social Work Practice and Skills Lab III: Working with Organisations and Communities (SWK293)

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


Building on the foundation of Social Work Practice and Skills Lab I and II, this course links the three levels of practice: micro, mezzo, and macro. Once again, self-awareness, ethics, and cultural competence will continue to be emphasised.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 10
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Introduction to generalist practice with organizations and communities
  • Using micro skills in the macro environment
  • Using group skills for organizational and community change
  • Understanding organizations
  • Decision making for organizational change
  • Changing agency policy
  • Project implementation and programme development
  • Developing and managing agency resources
  • Understanding neighbourhoods and communities
  • Macro practice in communities
  • Advocacy and social action: social policy analysis
  • Evaluating macro practice
  • Legal and ethical issues in macro practice

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise dominant community theories and major models of community practice in social work
  • Explain community dynamics.
  • Discuss organisational dynamics.
  • Describe the inter-relationship of micro, mezzo, and macro practice
  • Analyze social policy and identify different types of advocacy and approaches for ameliorating adverse environmental conditions.
  • Demonstrate skills in proposal writing, oral presentation, and budgeting.
  • Apply teamwork skills.
  • Analyze commonly encountered ethical issues in macro practice and solve them.
  • Discuss sensitivity to racial, ethnic, class, gender, religious, linguistic, and cultural diversity in working with organisations and communities
  • Outline the role of the social worker in social change through community work
  • Examine community work principles to human rights and social justice
  • Plan a community organizing programme from needs analysis to programme evaluation
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