Singapore University of Social Sciences

Community Development: Practice and Strategies

Community Development: Practice and Strategies (SWK362)

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


In earlier courses (SWK293 Social Work Practice and Skills Lab 3: Working with Organisations and Communities and SWK361e Approaches to Community Development), students are introduced to community practice theories and models of practice; community development in Singapore; expanding understandings of community; and new community groups. This course aims to deliver a practice-oriented, skills-focused knowledge base which equips the social worker to engage in community development social work in contemporary Singapore. It provides a basic community organising skills set; tackles translating theory to practice; and analyses stakeholder issues. The role of the social worker forms an essential element of all parts of the course.

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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