MODULES FOR GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN SOCIAL WORK

SWD5102 Social Work with Groups and Community

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module covers the methods and skills of group work and community work. Social work theories related to work with social and community groups in a multicultural context will be critically examined. This module will also include topics such as assessment, understanding of group dynamics, the various stages of group work, intervention skills and roles of the social worker in group and community settings.

SWD5103 Contemporary Social Work Practice

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module covers the development of human services as a response to needs and the sociocultural contexts. An analysis of traditional and current patterns including social institutions and structures of social service delivery is made. Social Work practice at various levels such as individual, group, organisation and community are dealt with in this module. The integration of concepts, knowledge base and theory for social work practice will also be covered.

SWD5104 Human Development in Context

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The module will examine human development from a life span perspective with emphasis on some pertinent demands in different contexts. Ecological, cognitive developmental, psychosocial and Freudian theories and perspectives among others will be examined for their relevance in explaining developmental outcomes and trajectories as well as for their implications for social work practice.

SWD5105 Skills in Advanced Social Work Practice

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This is essentially a practice-based approach to social work assessment and intervention. Advanced techniques and skills in dealing with specific individuals, families and groups are incorporated. The module also emphasises the key social work practice models and the application of concepts and framework of the models within the social-political and cultural contexts.

SWD5120 Social Work Practicum

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-40-0
Pre-requisite(s) SWD5103 and only for Graduate Diploma in Social Work students.
Preclusions SW5120; Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

Candidates are required to fulfil practicum requirements of 400 fieldwork hours under an approved supervisor and is equivalent to one module. The candidate is only allowed to take the Social Work Practicum if he/she had already taken or is concurrently taking one of the essential modules specified by the Department of Social Work.

SWD5261 Gerontological Counselling

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module aims to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills in counselling older adults. Besides the various theories on ageing relevant to older people, the module will cover the counselling approaches suitable for application in Singapore's context. The emphasis will be on developing a repertoire of skills and knowledge essential for effective assessment and intervention. Students will be guided on evaluation tools and the process of termination.

SWD5263 Family-Centred Practice

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module utilises the family and systems theory for assessment and intervention with social problems. The focus of this module is on the relationship and systemic approaches to social intervention.

SWD5265 Social Work Research and Inquiry

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The development of scientific inquiry as a basis for social work practice is dealt with in this course. Methods of social research including research design, qualitative and quantitative techniques and statistical analyses are covered. Scientific reporting is also given emphasis.

SWD5880 Topics in Social Work

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

Current topics and challenges in social work practice including preventive and developmental approaches to social intervention are given emphasis in this specialised module.

SWD5268 Studies and Research on Children & Youth

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module focuses on current research and practice in the field of children and youth welfare. An in-depth study of the issues and problems along with alternatives will be included.

SWD5269 Working with Children and Youth

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module outlines the framework for practice with children and youth. Both local and international models for intervention will be discussed. Current state of practice is reviewed along with an analysis of the theoretical basis as well as an evaluation of pragmatic outcome of these practices will be conducted.

SWD5270 Child Welfare Policy and Practice

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module provides a historical as well as present analysis of social intervention in the area of child welfare. It examines child welfare policies including government and community expenditures, programmes and services.

SWD5272 Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Ageing

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-2-5
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module offers a multidisciplinary perspective on ageing, including the biological, psychological and social theories and issues that affect older people and their families. Current international as well as national policies and legislation are examined and evaluated. The seminar style of teaching is meant to involve students in using their critical skills to identify gaps in services and suggest recommendations.

SWD5273 Intervention with the Terminally III

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module is on working with clients on issues of loss and grief and terminal illnesses. Attention is also given to ethical and philosophical issues arising from working with the dying.

SWD5274 Family Systems and Intervention

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.

This module involves the theory and practice of social work with families. A comprehensive discussion of family development and families in transition along with a systemic approach to intervention is given. Family therapy and other intervention strategies are also discussed.

SWD5275 Human Sexuality and Marital Therapy

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module explores the theories of human sexuality, aetiology of sexual dysfunction and marital therapy. Marriage, sexual lifestyles and treatment of sexual and marital problems such as HIV-AIDS, extra-marital relationship, etc. are also discussed.

SWD5276 Family Stress and Coping

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The principles and techniques in helping families cope with stress in everyday life as well as specific stressors such as death, illness, unemployment, incarceration, etc. is the focus of this module. Theory of stress and development of personal and community resources is discussed.

SWD5277 Planned Social Change

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The focus of this module is on planned change at the group and community levels. The dynamics and politics of social change including the use of group processes and power bases are included. Topics such as setting agendas, rules of order, information and publicity strategies are discussed.

SWD5279 Comparative Group Modalities

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module outlines the major theories and principles of social work with groups. Current modalities in group assessment and intervention are emphasised. Issues on leadership and power, conflict management and mediation are also dealt with.

SWD5280 Nature of Drugs & Alcohol Abuse

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-2-5
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The nature of drug and alcohol abuse with its physical, social and psychological impact on individuals and families will be discussed in this module. The focus is on assessment of drug and alcohol problem for effective intervention.

SWD5281 Individuals, Families & Substance Abuse

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module focuses on assessment and intervention with clients with a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Principles and techniques of individual and family therapy using a systemic perspective will be the main content.

SWD5282 Drug & Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module is a survey of various treatment programmes for the rehabilitation of drug and alcohol abusers. Current trends and highlights of major treatment philosophies will be discussed. A critical analysis of alternative models of treatment will be included.

SWD5283 Disability and Rehabilitative Work

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The scope of disabilities and rehabilitation is defined in this module. Intervention theory and techniques in working with physical and mental disabilities as well as rehabilitation in areas of crime and delinquency are discussed.

SWD5284 Health & Mental Health Service Systems

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The current mental health and health care networks are examined in the light of providing more effective services. Alternative models of service delivery and co-ordination in the system will be proposed.

SWD5285 Rehabilitation Programme Issues

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The issues and philosophies of various rehabilitation and treatment programmes in criminal and juvenile justice and other rehabilitative contexts will be examined in this module. Application of techniques and concepts for the local context will be emphasised.

SWD5292 Topical Studies in Social Work Methods

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module offers in-depth study in a specific method of social work including therapeutic models, preventive intervention, mediation and conflict management.

SWD5293 Topical Studies in Social Work Issues

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module examines in-depth study in a specific social work issue such as professionalisation, gender, discrimination, justice and ethics.

SWD5294 Studies in Related Social Work Fields

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This is an interdisciplinary module offered in collaboration with other fields of study such as medicine, law, politics and social sciences.

SWD5297 Human Service Organisations & Management

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module covers the theories and principles of human service management. Topics on consultation and training, organisational development and growth are also dealt with.

SWD5298 Approaches in Community Work

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Not available to undergraduate students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module covers the theory and practice of community assessment and intervention. The study of community psychology and analysis of power bases in different societies is included. Understanding the local resource network needs assessment and programme development is part of this module.

SWD5410 Professional Project

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-0-0-0-8
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Only for Graduate Diploma in Social Work students.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

A candidate is required to submit a professional paper based on original research work completed during the period of candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Social Work. The project, which should be about 5,000 words, will be the equivalent of one module. The candidate in consultation with his/ her academic advisor in the department will choose the professional project topic.

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