Singapore University of Social Sciences

International Social Welfare

International Social Welfare (SWK571)

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


International Social Welfare develops a framework for the analysis of social welfare and social work in different countries with an emphasis on comparative social policy. Students will be exposed to social development, social policy, social services, and social work issues in different countries and how these are influenced by the social, economic, and political and cultural contexts. Cross national social work and work of international NGOs and other world bodies will also be discussed. Skills in international networking, collaboration and organisation will be included in the case scenarios and exercises.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY 2 YEARS


  • Comparative social policy and development
  • Cross national social work
  • Global social policy and social work
  • Specific target populations
  • Social Work Perspective on current crisis and on economic theory

Learning Outcome

  • Analyze the structure of human services in different countries, including the roles of government and non-governmental organisations.
  • Discuss the changes occurring in the economy, social structure, and politics and the impact of these changes on the provision of human services.
  • Appraise governmental and non- governmental social policies that impact the vulnerable groups.
  • Assess the ways services are delivered in the different setting to specific target populations such as children, serious and persistently mentally ill, older adults, etc.
  • Evaluate the global development and function of professional social work and community development.
  • Test concepts and methodologies for the comparative cross-societal study the concepts of social development, social policy, social services, and social work.
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