Modules Description

Not all modules are available in any one academic session or semester. Modules to be offered will depend on staff availability and student interest. For an update of the specific modules that will be offered over the semesters, students are advised to check for updates at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences webpage https://myportal.nus.edu.sg/studentportal/fas/ug/ under ‘Modules Offered’.

SW1101E Social Work: A Heart-Head-Hand Connection

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module introduces students to the enriching experience of being in social work education. Learning includes both cognitive and experiential knowledge on the needs of individuals, families and society, and the social work response in meeting these needs. Included are the mission, values and principles of the social work profession and its roles and functions in contributing to human well-being. As an integral and compulsory part of this module, students will visit social service organisation. The module is open to all NUS students.

SW2101 Working With Individuals And Families

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-4-3
Pre-requisite(s) Students majoring in Social Work, SW1101E.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module presents the generalist model of social work intervention with individuals, families, groups and communities. Basic knowledge and skills of the problem-solving process, including engagement, assessment, formulation of objectives, intervention, evaluation of outcome, and termination are examined. Using an ecological-systems perspective, the module will emphasize the integration of social science knowledge and social work practice theory in facilitating the bio-psychosocial development of people. The module is for students who major in Social Work.

SW2104 Human Development Over The Lifespan

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module provides an introduction to human development from a lifespan perspective. Major developmental theories and contributions to the field from cross-disciplinary perspectives will be discussed. More specifically, students will look at physical, cognitive, social, psycho-emotional and moral development and gain some understanding of how each developmental domain may be shaped by the forces of nature or nurture. Tutorial assignments provide students with the opportunity to integrate classroom learning with practical concerns.

SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Students majoring in Social Work, SW1101E.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module concentrates on developing foundational skills for professional helping relationships in direct social work practice. It focuses on values and skills for interpersonal communication, relationship building, problem solving and intervention at the various stages of the helping relationship. Experiential learning involving role playing, case studies and the development of self-awareness are employed.

SW2106 Social Group Work Practice

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-2-5
Pre-requisite(s) Students from 2008 cohort onwards, who have completed SW1101E and who are majoring in Social Work.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The module will focus on the generalist and specialized methods of group intervention within the context of specific populations and settings. The phases of group work development, group processes, therapeutic factors and role of the leader in facilitating these will be critically examined. Contemporary group work approaches in organisational, residential and community settings are compared and contrasted. Assessment methods of social group work practice are included.

SW3101 Social Work Research Methods

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-1-1-5
Pre-requisite(s) SW1101E
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module provides an overview of the research process with specific emphasis on social work research. It deals with the development of scientific inquiry as the basis of social work practice. It covers different elements involved in the research process from problem formulation to designing the research, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation and presentation of the research findings. The module assists students with first-hand experience in writing a research proposal and conducting basic research. It also assists students in understanding and appreciating published research reports.

SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I

Modular Credits 8
Workload 0-1-0-31-1
Pre-requisite(s) SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105. Students from 2007 cohort onwards.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

Field Practice consists of 400 hours of full-time fieldwork in an agency or project where students work under professional supervision for the equivalent of 10 weeks from May to August. Students are taught skills in direct and indirect social work, depending on the placement. They also attend compulsory fieldwork seminars during the placement to link classroom theory to professional practice and to discuss social work methods and professional development. Assessment is made on performance in fieldwork and a written assignment on applying theory to practice and the comparative use of literature. The assignment must be submitted by the designated date.

SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II

Modular Credits 8
Workload 0-1-0-31-1
Pre-requisite(s) SW3103A. Students from 2007 cohort onwards.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

Teaching focuses on the development of professional skills for specific contexts e.g. in a community development setting, in medical social work, in family service centres, residential homes and in the correctional setting. Topics will include specialised knowledge and skills in needs assessment and helping strategies specific to the context the student is placed for practicum. For example, in a hospital setting, topics will include the holistic psycho-social-medical approach to healing and wellness, healthcare policies and the dynamics of primary healthcare. It is a field practice module consisting of 400 hours of full-time fieldwork where students receive professional social work supervision for the equivalent of 10 weeks from May to August. Students are assessed on their fieldwork performance and a written assignment that relates theory to practice, with appropriate application of literature. The student assignment must be submitted by the designated date.

SW3105 Community Work Practice

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Students majoring in Social Work, SW1101E. Students from 2008 cohort onwards.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module will provide students with an understanding of the theories and practice of community work as a method of social work. Strategies, techniques and skills in community work practice will be examined. The dynamics and challenges of community work in urban societies, particularly in the Singapore context, will be explored.

SW3202 Practicing Theories In Social Work

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Students majoring in Social Work, SW1101E.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module explores social and psychological thoughts and theories relevant to social work practice. Major concepts, principles, ideas and research are discussed utilising an interdisciplinary perspective.

SW3203 Communication & Public Education

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-1-3-3
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The module seeks to enable students to understand and analyse the value content and attitude-shaping implications of contemporary media communication. It also introduces to them selected communication theories for application especially in service-user and public education contexts. Students will be taught to examine public communication campaigns for their objectives, scope, strategy and outcome. Through process work, they will be given opportunities to exercise their creativity in such areas as copywriting, graphics and design, visual display and photography. Students will be required to demonstrate an ability to relate theory to practice in a social work context through these projects.

SW3205 Interpersonal Conflict Resolution

Modular Credits 4
Workload 3-0-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions SW3208
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module examines interpersonal conflict from a transactional perspective. Theories of conflict, conflict styles, and methods of conflict resolution, within a specific cultural context, are explored. Both general and specific intervention models and methods of conflict resolution between people, in groups, and in families, e.g., marital and other interpersonal situations, are examined. Specific skills for intervention are taught and practiced in seminar groups.

SW3206 Gender Issues In Social Work Practice

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module uses a life course approach to studying gender issues and their implications for social work practice. Three broad phases of the life course are examined: childhood and adolescence, mid-life, and old age. For each phase, the major issues affecting women that have implications for micro-level and macro-level social work practice will be examined. As there are some issues (e.g. role stereotypes) that recur over different phases of life, they will be examined over the life course.

SW3207 Social Work In Medical Settings

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The module provides some insights and understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and their families. Individuals and family members coping of health setbacks with specific reference to acute, terminal and chronic illness will be touched. Personal health issues related and delivery of health care will be examined. Potentials for the health care support and promotion of wellness will be also touched. The role of social workers in healthcare system will be discussed.

SW3208 Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-4-3
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions SW3205, PL4233
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module introduces students to the theory and practice of conflict management and negotiation. It emphasises experiential learning and personal negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Through a series of case studies, simulations and role plays, students will discover and explore issues in negotiation and conflict management. Students will also be able to develop their interpersonal skills in relationship building and resolving disputes through an active exchange of views.

SW3209 Counselling Theories & Practice

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Students majoring in Social Work, SW1101
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module presents the basic assumptions, strategies, and techniques of selected counselling approaches. Students are trained in counseling methods used by psychosocial, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and problem and solution-focused approaches to the treatment of problems in living. In addition, discussion on the application of counseling in specialized areas such as educational and vocational counseling, rehabilitation counselling, pre-marital and marital counselling, and counselling of specific groups will be included.

SW3210 Primary Prevention Programmes

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module provides students with the knowledge and skills to plan, conduct and evaluate primary prevention programmes in the community. The module explores the rationale, scope and goals of social work preventive intervention for all stages of the family life cycle. A variety of programmes, e.g. marriage and family life enrichment, parenting skills, communication skills development, stress-management training, growth groups for children and adolescents, and adjustment to widowhood, divorce and retirement, are examined. In group projects, students are required to design and conduct a preventive programme in the community.

SW3211 Community-Based Family Services

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) SW2101
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module will use an ecological approach to introduce the principles of community-based social work practice, focusing specifically on the family. Within the framework of family needs at different stages, the module will examine variations in intervention methods and strategies implemented at different levels. The levels will include individual, family, group, programme, organisation, and policy. A comparative approach of the different models of family services will also be adopted. The module will cover the principles and processes of networking, needs assessment, programme planning and development, utilising volunteers, and management of resources. An additional purpose of the course is to prepare social work students in community-based social services such as family service centres.

SW3212 Occupational Social Work

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

This module presents the generalist approach to social work practice in the workplace. It explores the role of social work in attending to both the social welfare needs of the workforce, and the organisational goals of employers. Models of intervention, including Employee Assistance Programmes, training and education, consultation, research, assistance to unions, and corporate social responsibility are examined.

SW3213 Working With Older Adults

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The module prepares students to understand and work with middle-aged and older people through a combined lifespan developmental approach and ecological perspective. The focus is on the intergenerational issues. Emphasis is also placed on theoretical frameworks related to the ageing process and specific ageing issues such as dementia, and widowhood. Students will be given opportunities to improve their communication and relationship skills through role play in discussion groups and a case study which they conduct as part of their written term assignment.

SW3214 Counselling Process & Skills

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-4-3
Pre-requisite(s) SW3209 Counselling Theories and Practice and for Social Work major students only.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module presents the fundamental helping skills that are generic to current methods of personal counselling. The skills of attending, listening, and influencing are explored in the context of helping people to solve their problems. Important ethical and legal issues pertinent to counselling are examined as are issues concerning spirituality and cultural beliefs in a multi-ethnic context. A number of theoretical approaches in counselling and psychotherapy are introduced with a view to helping students develop an inclusive framework in their early exploration into counselling.

SW3215 Socio-Cultural Theories In Social Work

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-1-6
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module covers the purpose, values and contexts of social work practice. The development of the professional self will also be included. In addition, the module will review the characteristics of potential client populations and the socio-cultural contexts for intervention. General social science themes will be discussed. The nature of local social work practice and professional issues relevant to Singapore will be examined.

SW3216 Urban Youth Work

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Students majoring in Social Work or minoring in Human Services, and SW1101E.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module focuses on the major challenges and issues confronting today's youth. The module examines personal, familial, and societal factors that affect normal growth and development during adolescence. Intervention models and techniques that target specific issues, such as 'youth at risk', social relationships, sexuality, academic performance, and drug and alcohol use are examined and evaluated for their effectiveness. A developmental approach is emphasised.

SW3217 Mental Health And Illness

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions PL3236 Abnormal Psychology
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module explores the nature of mental health and human dysfunction throughout the lifespan. Within an ecological-systems framework, a model of stress-coping-adaptation to modern living is examined. Theories of etiology and treatment of common human disorders in children and adults are also examined.

SW3219 Child-Centric Social Work

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-0-7
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The module enables students to acquire the knowledge base and intervention skills to work with children and their parents. They will understand the factors that lead to childhood vulnerability, neglect and abuse in the family and community contexts. They will learn about the history of child welfare and rights, and the social intervention approaches to protect and promote children’s well-being. They will also review the role of the state and relevant parties in this regard. The module will include experiential learning in using individual and group work skills in helping children, as well as counselling skills in working with parents.

SW3220 Introduction To Social Policy

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-0-7
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module introduces the various policies social workers should know in order to work with different population groups, particularly those who are vulnerable. By understanding how and why particular policies develop, students learn to analyze policy and think critically about the use of policy for intervention in the social work profession.

Students intending to move on to the Honours year are strongly encouraged to take this module, as it will be helpful for SW4102 Advanced Social Policy and Planning.

SW3550 Social Work Internship

Modular Credits 4
Workload Internships will vary. However, all must include a minimum of 120 hours, accumulated during one period working for the organisation or company. Supervision, as for ISMs, is set at 4 hours for a 4 MC internship. The student will also spend some time on reading and writing.
Pre-requisite(s) Students should: have completed a minimum of 24 MC in Social Work; and have declared Social Work as their Major.
Preclusions Any other XX3550 internship modules (Note: Students who change major may not do a second internship in their new major)
Cross-listing(s) Nil

Internships vary in length but all take place within organisations or companies, are vetted and approved by the Department of Social Work, have relevance to the major in Social Work, involve the application of subject knowledge and theory in reflection upon the work, and are assessed. Available credited internships will be advertised at the beginning of each semester. Internships proposed by students will require the approval of the department.

SW3551 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY (UROP)

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SW3880 Special Topics in Social Work

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

Special topics current in social work practice and research such as sexual violence, infertility, substance abuse, problem gambling, cyber gaming addiction, and trauma may be offered in this module.

SW4101 Advanced Family-Centred Swk Practice

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-3-6.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module follows up from the introduction to family-centred direct social work practice for individuals and families. Students are to examine various social work practice theories in depth and are expected to develop skills in appropriate interventions such as casework, problem solving, family group work, children and youth work, inter-organisational networking and preventive interventions in various settings. Experiential learning and projects are used to develop competence, critical thinking and integration of classroom learning to real life situations. Students are taught to establish ways of engaging in continuous self-learning, self-care and skills development in their professional career as a social worker.

SW4102 Social Policy & Planning

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-3-6.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module covers general theories and issues of social policy, planning and implementation relevant to social work. It examines the roles and processes in public policy and the translation of policy to social service delivery in bringing about social welfare. It analyzes the socio-political contexts and implications of policy development at national and agency levels. Students are expected to carry out small-scale planning or analysis exercises.

SW4103 Advanced Research And Evaluation

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-2-2-5.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, SW3101, and SW3103A with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, SW3101, and SW3103A, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform research and evaluation in human services. The emphasis is on the learning of practical skills in conducting research in social work settings. These skills are in: Scientific reasoning - the logic of ideas; research designs - the structuring of research activities; statistical techniques - quantitative approaches to data; data processing - utilisation of computer technology. Where appropriate, learning is through group or individual projects. This module also deals with advanced techniques of programme evaluation. Various research designs are reviewed, and their relative merits discussed. The use of evaluative techniques in interpersonal practice and professional intervention are also included.

SW4201 Theory Building In Social Work Practice

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-2-7.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module involves the analysis of direct and indirect professional practice in Singapore and includes the study of cross-cultural variations and applications of social work theory. An examination of the process of theory building and the study of different theoretical models for indigenous practice will be made. Students are required to identify and develop a specific knowledge base for local social work practice.

SW4202 Special Areas Of Social Work Practice

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-2-7.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module provides for the advanced study of the conceptual bases for social work contribution and the application of skills in special areas of social work practice. In any given semester, a selected area of emphasis will be studied such as public education, domestic violence, rehabilitation of offenders, occupational social work, working with AIDS patients, human sexuality, social aspects of public housing, special education, pastoral care, social gerontology, community participation and organisation. Where appropriate, emphasis is given to policy factors influencing the provision of services and the implications of these for individuals, families and the community.

SW4202A Healthcare Issues And Policies

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-1-8.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Non-Social Work majors
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This course is specially designed for social work students with an interest in health social work practice. The module is designed to prepare and equip social work graduates to tackle the challenges present in the healthcare setting. The module strives to provide the breadth and depth, heighten the student's awareness on the macro issues that impact health social work; with an emphasis on evaluation, accountability and management. Topics include disease management, evidence-based practice, ethical and legal issues and macro-level policies.

SW4203 Integrative Seminar For Professional Development

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-4-5.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module examines the self in professional development and integrates cognition, affect and skills for different levels of social work intervention. It seeks to enable students to understand the influence of social structures on individual events and to develop an integrated framework for social work practice.

SW4204 Management Info Systems In Social Work

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-3-6.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module involves the study of the process of collection of data and information integral to direct and indirect professional practice. The importance of obtaining and using appropriately data and information for decision-making and action will be highlighted. Information for programme planning and management of an organisation will also be discussed. The module focuses on the nature, types, uses and misuses of MIS in human service organisations. The application of computer and other technological aids to MIS will also be included.

SW4205 Social Impact Analysis

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-4-5.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The module focuses on the effects of policies and programmes on people. It deals with the context, analytical techniques, and uses of social data and indicators for social impact studies. It includes a study of the design of impact assessment methods and issues related to their usage. Some examples of the areas for examination are the quality of life for certain population groups in a new town environment; the effects on service users' ability to utilise services consequent to shifts in service delivery patterns, and community response to the setting up of a service centre for the disabled in its locality.

SW4206 Staff Development, Training & Consultation In Social Work

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-3-6.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module covers three basic components: training, consultation and development in social work. Training involves a discussion of the principles and challenges in the training of volunteers, non-professional staff and social work students as part of agency practice. Consultation includes the examination of the roles and functions of the social work agency staff including that of supervision, programme planning, monitoring, analysis and evaluation. Career and professional development for social workers will also be dealt with.

SW4207 Social Demography

Modular Credits 4
Workload 0-3-0-4-5.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module examines various models for population analysis and planning. The study of demographic trends, projections of manpower needs and the development of population policy will be included. The module will focus on local population situations and deal with the social, economic and political implications of populations policies.

SW4208 Social Gerontology

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-2-7.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module examines the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural contexts of ageing and the attendant implications for individuals, families, and societies. Macro issues such as the impact of longer life expectancy, a greying workforce, and 'feminization of ageing' would be brainstormed in a seminar style of teaching. Social policies, social interventions and the impact of economic and social contexts on the well being of older people would increase the students' awareness and understanding of gerontological issues. Through interactive teaching, the students will learn about the theories of ageing and social policy issues such as income security, health care, housing, and leisure activities.

SW4209 Law & Social Work Practice

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-3-6.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The module deals with the rationale and issues of laws associated with various aspects of social work practice, e.g., family social work including marriage, divorce, child custody, property, women's rights and protection, child protection; and industrial welfare such as protection of employees, and industrial relations. A case situation approach will be incorporated.

SW4210 Social Work & Technology Of The Future

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-4-5.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This innovative module deals with the use of technology such as computers in administration, research and social work practice. Technology in communication with colleagues and other institutions will be discussed. A discussion of the potentials and ethics in each case will also be made. Techniques of projection and planning of future needs and programmes will be highlighted. Technology and future shock and its impact on cline and human service delivery will also be covered.

SW4211 Welfare Economics

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-3-6.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The module takes as a given fact that resources are scarce and subject to competing demands. As such, social workers must or should know the relationship between economics and social welfare, and how social services operate in an economic context. The module will deal with the background, principles, methods and techniques for the rational and efficient allocation of limited resources among competing social programmes and services.

SW4212 Advanced Occupational Soc Work Practice

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-4-5.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module examines approaches to selected areas of concern in the workplace. Short-term counselling approaches, training programmes for managers, methods of conflict resolution, and the development of programmes in organisations are presented. Students are required to evaluate various workplace programmes in current use.

SW4213 Social Networks & Social Support

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-3-6.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

There is increasing interest in social networks and social support among human service professionals and lay people for intervention purposes. The module covers the various meanings, structures, and processes of these two terms. It will analyse the different aspects of network analysis and their relevance to social work practice. The scope and limits of social support will also be examined. In addition, the module includes a review of how social support is used in selected settings.

SW4214 Comparative Social Service Systems In SEA

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-5-4.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module discusses how social issues are defined, social policies formulated, and value choices and theoretical models of society are adopted that govern the use of one set of policies over another. The module also examines the nexus between social policies and social services from a cross-national perspective with particular reference to selected countries in Southeast Asia. Students will be helped to analyse the challenges and constraints of a given system in the light of the socio-political and economic circumstances of specific countries. Analysis of selected social policy issues of contemporary interest to industrial and industrialising societies of Southeast Asia will be integral to the module.

SW4216 Advanced Studies In Community Work

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-5-4.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This is an applied module where students will be challenged to investigate and explore new trends in social and community development. The module will have a very strong field component where students will be required to conduct independent investigation into new and developing fields. Students will investigate the extent to which theories and hypotheses discussed in class apply in real field settings. Students will also be required to develop new programmes in the community based on the theories discussed in class. The primary objective is to equip the students with the knowledge and skills in understanding the processes of community change and effecting community change.

SW4217 Advanced Studies In Family Development

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-5-4.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This is an applied module that will provide opportunities for students to explore the impact of global trends on the family dynamics as well as to challenge students to develop innovative intervention techniques in working with families with diverse challenges. Students will assess the applicability of family intervention models and test hypothesis on what will work with different types of families.

SW4218 Advanced Studies In Gerontology

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-5-4.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This is an applied module that will provide opportunities for students to explore the impact of global trends on issues of aging as well as to challenge students to develop innovative intervention techniques in working with the elderly in multi disciplinary settings. Students will be equipped with skills and expertise in assessing and investigating the interventions and policy dimensions of gerontology. Students will have direct field experience in observational and analytical skills in understanding the dynamic issues in gerontology.

SW4219 Crisis And Disaster Recovery Management

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-4-5.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which (i) student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105 and (ii) passed or are concurrently reading SW3104 in the semester they intend to read the SW4000 modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

Social workers have a role in responding to crisis situations, emergencies and natural disasters, both nationally and within the region. This module covers the theoretical and skills base to intervene effectively at the individual, family, group and community level, as well as the principles of international recovery management. The values and principles of recovery management are effectively that of community development principles and examples of specific projects will also be explored. The module also addresses issues of project management, evaluation, staff supervision and debriefing, and emergency funds management.

SW4220 Agency Planning And Development

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-3-6.5
Pre-requisite(s) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module introduces students to the basics of strategic planning for human service agencies and to the specifics of developing programmes. It considers the development of agency mission and goals, how programmes fit into those goals, how these goals and programmes interact with the environment of the agency and how planners work towards their initial acceptance by stakeholders and significant parts of that environment. Included is an analysis of how planners subsequently evaluate and present their outcomes. Bidding for grants and the presentation of information required to gain the support of funding bodies is an essential focus of the module. Processes within the agency to ensure the success of programmes are considered. Local agency examples are used to illustrate the ideas presented.

SW4221 Social Work And Rehabilitation Of Offenders

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-3-0-3-6.5
Pre-requisite(s) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in SW of which student must have passed SW1101E, SW2101, SW2104, SW2105, and SW3103A with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module (a) provides the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings to understand issues about crime and juvenile delinquency in the local context, and (b) examines social intervention choices in various correctional and rehabilitation settings. Students will learn about, and critique, existing approaches in working with offenders, as well as examine alternative social work perspectives in their care and rehabilitation.

SW4401 Honours Thesis

Modular Credits 15
Workload 0-0-0-37.5-0
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 110 MCs including 60 MCs of SW major requirements with a minimum SJAP of 4.00 and CAP of 3.50.

Cohort 2012 - 2015:
Completed 110 MCs including 60 MCs of SW major requirements with a minimum CAP of 3.50.

Cohort 2016 onwards:
Completed 110 MCs including 44 MCs of SW major requirements with a minimum CAP of 3.50.
Preclusions SW4660
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The student is required to undertake research, which should have an evaluative and/ or policy component and which may require direct social work intervention. The Honours Thesis, which should be of about 12,000 words, is the equivalent of three modules. The student, in consultation with staff of the Department, will choose the research topic.

Remarks: Please register SW4401 manually with the Department.
Please refer to AY2001-02 to AY2006-06 graduation requirements or AY2007-2008 cohort graduation requirements for more information on the SW major requirement.

Claim for Student Research Projects

SW4660 Independent Study

Modular Credits 5
Workload 0-0-0-0-12.5
Pre-requisite(s) Cohort 2011 and before:
To be offered subject to the agreement of the Supervisor and Department. Completed 100 MCs, including 60 MCs in SW, with a minimum CAP of 3.50.

Cohort 2012 - 2015:
To be offered subject to the agreement of the Supervisor and Department. Completed 100 MCs, including 60 MCs in SW, with a minimum CAP of 3.20.

Cohort 2016 onwards:
To be offered subject to the agreement of the Supervisor and Department. Completed 100 MCs, including 44 MCs in SW, with a minimum CAP of 3.20.
Preclusions SW4401
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic within the discipline in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head's and/ or Honours Coordinator's approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking Departmental approval.

Remarks: Please register SW4660 manually with the Department. Please refer to AY2001-02 to AY2006-06 graduation requirements or AY2007-2008 cohort graduation requirements for more information on the SW major requirement.

Claim for Student Research Projects

FMA1201P FS: Meanings and Leanings: Is There a Reason Why?

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

This module explores the concept of ‘meaningfulness’ and ‘spirituality’, beliefs, values and ethics among individuals and groups from the perspective of different life stages and life styles. The question revolves around whether the meanings people hold about life in general lead to particular leanings in making decisions in life. The seminars do not attempt to define ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ worldviews but aim to generate debate from multiple perspectives according to the expertise and interests of the seminar leader who may be from the student group itself. The seminars include weekly discussions, writing papers, and making individual presentations.

FMA1202P FS: ‘Me’ – Apart or A Part of Mankind? Looking at Youth

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

This module offers opportunities for students to understand youths as an individual from the lifespan perspective and appreciate the challenges faced by youths in the school, family and peer contexts. In addition, the influence of media and social policies in shaping the values and behaviours of youths will be explored. Critically, students will examine their socially constructed worldview concerning and develop a greater awareness of one’s values/attitudes towards youths. The seminar involves fieldwork participation in voluntary welfare organisations, discussions, reflection papers, and presentations in a peer learning context. Students will have opportunities to develop written, oral and critical thinking skills.

FMA1203P FS: Understanding Another World: Living with Low Income

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

This module offers opportunities for students to learn topics related to the needs and challenges of families in Singapore living on a very low income. These topics include areas such as the management of family finances, developmental needs of children, the nature of formal and informal social support in the community, social mobility and social policy. The seminar involves fieldwork participation in voluntary welfare organisations, discussions, reflection papers, and presentations in a peer learning context. Students will have ample opportunities to develop their written, oral communication and critical thinking skills through written assignments, reflection papers and classroom presentations.

FMA1204P FS: Connecting with Older Adults

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

This module enables students to consider the experience of ageing through observation, interaction and understanding the life and challenges faced by older adults. The influence of media, policies, service provision and stereotype perceptions on the aging experience will be explored, including the older adult’s responses to these influences. Critically, students will examine their socially constructed worldview and develop greater awareness of values and attitudes towards aging. The seminar involves fieldwork participation in voluntary welfare organisations, discussions, reflection papers, and presentations in a peer learning context. Students will have opportunities to develop written, oral and critical thinking skills.

GEK1006 Dynamics Of Interpersonal Effectiveness

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-2-5
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions GEK1012. Not for students majoring in Social Work.
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module discusses theoretical and applied issues related to interpersonal effectiveness. It covers important topics that will enable students to develop excellent interpersonal skills in the areas of personal interaction, friendship, family and work place. Interpersonal relations covering such aspects as self-awareness, others-awareness, emotional intelligence, social cognition and attitude formation will be discussed. Wherever needed, practical skills will be imparted to the students using experiential learning methods.

GEK1012 Contemporary Social Issues In Singapore

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-2-5
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions GES1016
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The module challenges students to examine current and emerging social issues in Singapore that affect family and community well-being. Due to complex social and technological changes that societies are experiencing, people are forced to adapt rapidly, often with negative consequences in many instances. The social issues that arise as a result need to be understood and addressed by individuals, families, communities and society at large. Students will learn to appreciate the implications of these issues for individual and collective action.

GES1016 Contemporary Social Issues In Singapore

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-2-5
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions GEK1012
Cross-listing(s) Nil

The module challenges students to examine current and emerging social issues in Singapore that affect family and community well-being. Due to complex social and technological changes that societies are experiencing, people are forced to adapt rapidly, often with negative consequences in many instances. The social issues that arise as a result need to be understood and addressed by individuals, families, communities and society at large. Students will learn to appreciate the implications of these issues for individual and collective action.

GET1032 Building Relationship: Theories and Practice

Modular Credits 4
Workload 2-1-0-2-5
Pre-requisite(s) Nil
Preclusions Nil
Cross-listing(s) Nil

This module critically examines theoretical issues and applications of effective interpersonal communication in enhancing interpersonal relationship building. The content will include various theoretical frameworks, models and issues related to interpersonal communication. It will also introduce module participants to interpersonal practice in dealing with diverse individuals. Experiential learning methods will be used in tutorial groups to develop critical thinking abilities on relationship building issues, and to translate the thinking abilities into interpersonal practice using case study, role play and reflection.



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