Singapore University of Social Sciences

Families and their Issues

Families and their Issues (SWK354)


This course builds upon the insights and skills gained in SWK352e Children and their Issues and situates children in the context of their families. It examines demographic and socio-cultural changes that have led to contemporary challenges facing families. Through a careful study of different types of families, the course will enable students to apply their knowledge in SWK291 Social Work Practice and Skills Lab I: Working with Individuals and Families and SWK352e to situate children within the context of family issues with a view to achieving family integration and appropriate functioning. The emphasis is on a holistic approach that encompasses ecological and systemic frameworks for practice.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER


  • Principles of family-centric practice
  • Techniques in working with families
  • Contemporary interventions in family social work
  • Family members with a disability
  • Coping with illness in the family
  • Grief and loss
  • Marginalised families
  • Families experiencing poverty
  • Living with addiction

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the needs of different types of families.
  • Analyze the multiple needs and strengths of contemporary families in Singapore.
  • Explain the socio-economic conditions that create and sustain poverty.
  • Formulate approaches which account for ethnic, class, gender, religious, linguistic, cultural, and sexual differences.
  • Apply the strengths and empowerment perspective to practice.
  • Use generalist practice to empower family functioning and enrich relationships.
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