SOCIAL WORK

Department of Social Work

         The Master of Social Work Programme (MSW) was established by Rev.Dr.G.Lawrence Amalraj S.J., in the academic year 2009-2010 with a view to alleviate socio-economic problems of people in a professional manner, with a special reference to the southern districts of TamilNadu. It has two specializations namely, Community Development (CD) and Human Resource Management (HRM). This includes the issues related to the welfare of the disadvantaged sections and human rights.
SCOPE
         Social Work Profession promotes social change, problem-solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance human well-being. Utilizing theories of human behavior and social systems, Social Work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to Social Work.
CORE COMPETENCIES OF SOCIAL WORK
         1    Communicate and Engage
         2     Promote and Enable
         3    Assess and Plan
         4    Intervene and Provide Services
         5    Work in Organizations
         6    Develop Professional Competence
         Post Graduate students of Social Work are trained to plan and execute an extensive range of social services, social welfare activities, and work in Welfare Departments of the Government, Civil Society Organizations and Commercial and Industrial Establishments. Qualifying candidates can register as Professional Social Workers as per the requirements of Professional Social Work Councils in India and abroad.
COURSE CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
         The Post Graduate course in Social Work is a two year full time Professional Course. In the First year, students acquire the knowledge of Science of Human Behavior, Skills in Human Relationship, functioning of Social Systems and Institutions, practicing the different methods of Social Work and values of the profession. In the Second Year, students specialize in any one of the following fields:
         (a) Community Development (CD)
         (b) Human Resource Management (HRM)
And also they have a common paper "Computer Applications for Social Work" in the second semester and "Communication skills for Social Work" in the fourth semester.
         The curriculum has three important components; Theory, Field Work and Research. It enables the students to acquire necessary knowledge of Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and methods of Social Work and practical experience in Social Work Research. To facilitate the above complex learning process, the components of the course include independent study, lectures, seminars, research, Concurrent and Block Field Work Training, Rural camp and Educational tour.
         Professional Social Workers are employed in a variety of settings such as Social Welfare Agencies as Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors, Urban Community Development Projects as Welfare Officers, Companies and Industries as Human Resource Managers, Labour Welfare Officers and project officials for corporate Social Responsibilities. Colleges and Universities as Student Counsellors, Counsellors in Hospitals and Coordinators of N.S.S & Y.R.C.S., Extension Services ; as Social Development Professional; as School Social Workers in schools and as Human Rights Defenders or Educators. Since they are trained in research methodology and project work, they get employed as research officers and investigators. They can also enter the Central and State Government services by writing competitive examinations. Many Professional Social Workers function as Independent Consultants with regard to Human Resource Training and Development, Project Evaluation of NGOs, Psychotherapists and Family Therapists.
CONCURRENT FIELD WORK
         Supervised Concurrent Field Work in an approved Field Work agency is an integral part of the Training Programme for the students of MSW (Social Work) course. A minimum of 15 Hours of Supervised Field Work per week (two days per week 7 1/2 hours per day) throughout the course is mandatory for each student. On field work days, the students are expected to involve and actively participate in all the activities and programes of the agency besides practicing different methods of social work. Field work training is both within and out side the agency. Attending special programmes, collateral contacts, writing field work reports if time permits and attending field work conference at the agency are the part of field work training component.
Field Work Records
         The Students shall submit the Field Work record to the Head of the Department on the day stipulated by the Department before 1.45 PM. However, if the record submission day is a holiday, the Field Work Record should be submitted on the subsequent working day.
         Theory classes and Field Work are arranged on a concurrent basis. On concurrent Field Work days there will be no class room lectures and on such days students will report to the Field Work Agencies.
MINI RESEARCH: Each student should conduct a small scientific study of a problem or a socio- economic survey of the people he/ she is serving through his/her field work agency and submit the Research Report to his /her faculty supervisor before the end of II Semester Field Work
BLOCK FIELD WORK
         The Block Field Work Training is a mandatory requirement of M.A. Degree in Social Work. Before the end of the Fourth Semester Examinations, the students shall undergo a minimum of one month "On the Job Training" in an Agency according to their Field of Specialization of the Students, with the Approval of the Department. The Professional Social Work Trainee should strictly adhere to the following rules and regulations during the Block Field Work Training.

         1. The Block Field Work Training should be under the guidance of a qualified Professional Social Worker.
         2. Students should not choose Agencies/ Organizations managed/ owned by persons who are related to them.
         3. The Professional Social Work Trainee must get a Letter of Acceptance from the Block Placement Agency beforehand.
         4. As per UGC norms, 100 per cent attendance is a compulsory requirement of Block Field Work Training. Therefore, the Trainee should report to the Agency/ Organization on all the working days just like a Full Time Employee and follow the Rules and Regulations of the Agency. The Trainee must sign in the Daily Attendance Register maintained by the Agency.
         5. The Trainee should follow the Dress Code prescribed for Field Work in the Agency. The Trainee must also keep the College Identity Card with him/ her.
         6. The Trainee should apply Knowledge, Skills and Values in the Practice of the Profession, along with the expected standards of behavior with regard to the Agency and the Client System.
         7. The day to day activities (Main Activities Only) of the Trainee must be written in the Field Work Diary and it should be signed by the Trainee and the Agency Supervisor.
         8. The Trainee has to send photocopies of detailed Report of the day- to-day activities of his/her work to the Head, Department of Social Work once in ten days. These Reports need to be certified by the Agency Supervisor.
         9. The Trainee has to bring a Comprehensive Report of the Block Field Work Training together with the Completion Certificate signed by the Head/ Director/ Chief Executive and the Professional Social Worker indicating the period and details of work done by him/her. This should be submitted on the day stipulated by the Department.
         All expenses incurred by the Trainee as part of traveling during Block Field Work Training may be kindly met by the Organization, as far as possible. In case the Trainee is paid any stipend or any other payment during the Internship, the same may kindly be notified to the Head, Department of Social Work, St.Xavier's College.
PROJECT REPORT
         Every candidate is required to complete a Research Project on a topic related to his/her field of Specialisation. Candidates shall select the topic of research in consultation with the Faculty Supervisor. Each Candidate shall submit two copies of his/her Project Report in the prescribed format to the Head of the Department, during the Viva-Voce Examination held in the first week of March during the fourth semester.


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