Research & Attachment
Attachments will sensitize fellows to the challenges that social service organisations face in responding to beneficiaries’ needs, promoting public awareness of social issues, meeting stakeholder expectations, and mobilizing financial, human and other resources. More importantly, these attachments will also provide an avenue for students to develop values such as sensitivity, empathy and compassion. During the attachments, fellows can initiate a project with his/her host organisation, thereby adding value to the organisation. Examples of possible projects include public education activities, fundraisers, social audits of organisational impact, and pilot tests of new programmes.
Fellows embarking on applied social research projects will form research team guided by academics and practitioners from the social service sector. Such research opportunities will enable students to analyse pertinent social issues, critically evaluate public policies that aim to address these issues, and propose alternative solutions. Each year, the findings of these research projects will be presented at a symposium and also published as an edited volume. Examples of possible research topics include poverty, chronic unemployment, ageing and the elderly, youth, disabilities, mental health, gambling, marginalization and social exclusion.