Offered by: School of Social Sciences & Humanities
The course familiarizes students with social work practice and social welfare services and policies. Students learn how to work with various types of groups, explore common social issues and examine the types of social welfare programs. They also study human behavior and development and the dynamics of individuals, groups and their communities.
Social work is an evidence-based, interdisciplinary, professional and academic discipline. The profession is distinctive for its appreciation for human diversity, emphasis on social and economic justice, and understanding of social welfare policy and services. It requires a strong foundation in field education, and a demonstration of professional values and ethics. It utilizes research, policy and community organization, for the benefit of those affected by social disadvantages such as poverty, mental illness, physical illness or disability, and social injustice including violations of civil liberties, human rights and the well-being of the oppressed and marginalized individuals and communities. The uniqueness of social work practice is in the blend of its core values, principles of freedom of inquiry and open debate, inclusion and shared leadership, respect for self-determination and the need for accountability as well as the value of social and cultural diversity. A nationally and internationally benchmarked course of study in the theory and practice of social work exists.
Social work is a profession of doers. M.S.W. professionals possess an innate quality of wisdom and empathy that enables them to offer a broad range of services from emotional support to psychological counseling, advocacy and the development of resources to assist clients in functioning optimally through the person-in-environment approach. Their unique approach to problem-solving and interventions is evidenced in direct clinical practice, policy planning and administration, community-level and state-level services, private and public sectors as well as teaching, research and advocacy. Community-based services and managed-care are becoming prevalent. Poverty, alcohol and drug abuse and the generational transmission of domestic violence are some issues that practitioners address. All in all, the M.S.W. degree offers a disciplined approach focused on the commitment to social betterment.
2 Years (6 Trimesters)
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A candidate who has passed any degree examination from a recognised university with a minimum of 50% marks shall be eligible for admission to the programme (45% in case of SC/ST/PH students).