Singapore University of Social Sciences

Theory and Practice in Community Leadership and Social Development (CSD501)

Applications Open: 01 April 2019

Applications Close: 31 May 2019

Next Available Intake: July 2019

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed


Synopsis

CSD501 provides an overview of key concepts and theories that are relevant to community and social development in global and local contexts, highlighting in this context the relationship between community leadership and social development. The course analyses how linkages between community leadership and social development take shape through interactions of development processes at micro, meso and macro levels. The analytical framework provided will enable students to compare and contrast case studies, policy options and development practices. Students will be introduced to various indices of social development that have been formulated for comparative analyses. The course will discuss the social, cultural, economic and political factors underlying these indices, as well as ethics, values, choices and priorities. Specific development practices will be analysed and evaluated, in relation to principles of sustainable development. Issues of governance and public accountability will also be discussed in relation to community leadership, social capital, social inclusion, social justice, and social cohesion. The course addresses the knowledge-practice-analysis feedback loop, focusing on why the local at micro and meso levels is important for the national/global issues of social development at macro levels.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July

Topics

  • Key concepts and theories of relevance to community leadership and social development in global and local contexts
  • Key theories of relevance to social development:
  • How do we compare and what are we comparing? Indices of development:
  • Comparing case studies, policy options and development practices:
  • The knowledge-practice-analysis feedback loop
  • Ethics, values, choices and priorities in charting trajectories of change and continuity at macro, meso and micro levels:
  • Analysis and evaluation of specific practices of community leadership and social development in relation to principles of sustainable development
  • State-society interactions in governance and public accountability

Learning Outcome

  • Analyze key concepts and theories in community leadership and social development
  • Examine the social, cultural, economic and political factors that are linked to community leadership and social development
  • Appraise principles of sustainable development to practices of community leadership and social development
  • Discuss context-specific ethics of community leadership and social development that are inclusive, just and sustainable
  • Analyze the impact of different development choices and social policies
  • Construct development priorities based on key ethics of community leadership and social development
  • Propose principles of sustainable development and social inclusion to practical situations
  • Design objectives for community leadership and social development that would align with specific development indices
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