This interdisciplinary module introduces and examines the idea of ‘community leadership’. It focuses on how ordinary individuals identify social needs in the local community and endeavour to improve the lives of vulnerable groups by organising grassroots solutions. The teaching methodology incorporates lectures, seminar discussion, experiential exercises and field study to interview real-life community leaders.
By the end of the module, students should be able to
a. Explain the idea of leadership in the community context
b. Identify various methods of community leadership and decision making.
c. Acquire some critical skills for community leadership such as negotiation, communication and understanding root causes.
d. Apply the social leadership knowledge and methodology for identifying real issues and needs within the local community into practice
Possible visits include: Community walk in Tanjong Pagar, Grassroots Heritage Centre, URA Gallery and Prison.
Possible invited speakers: Mr Chan Chun Sing (Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence) (Sat morning at Tanjong Pagar - 29 Mar 2014), Staff from National Volunteer and Philanthrophy Centre on Assets Based Community Development and Convicts/ ex-Convicts.
Cases include how grassroots combat SARs in Singapore and the community leadership in a zone of conflict.