Department of Social Work

History

The Department of Social Work was established in the year 2009. The department is deeply rooted in the great demand of quality and value based higher education with three specialisations. In the present scenario of higher education, educational institutions have significant role in contributing reformative goals for social development. The department promotes a culture that supports professional grooming, freedom to initiate, innovative and experiment, an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust and cultural enrichment.

The students are trained to plan and execute an extensive range of social services, social welfare activities, and work in commercial and industrial establishments, and training institutions. The curriculum has three important components-theory, fieldwork and research. It enables the students to acquire necessary knowledge of sociology, psychology, philosophy and methods of social work, and practical experience in scientific social research. To facilitate the above complex learning process, the training programme also includes independent study, lectures, seminars, research and concurrent and block fieldwork training. The department considers education as a means for social change and transformation with societal commitment.

The students of Social Work expediently use the department library shelved with very recent books in many fields of human resource management, medical and psychiatry, community development, and human rights. The department has been using new strategies for advanced learning such as instructional strategy, additional assignment of responsibility, providing access to professional learning careers. The curriculum is updated according to the changing environment in industry, business world, and social work through board of studies with eminent members.

Mission

  • To train professional Social Workers and to empower them qualities of leadership, potentialities and integrating services through the scientific methods and techniques of social workers to reach into the world through families.

Scope of Social Work

  • Professional social work has been developed in Tamil Nadu for the three years. Social work has emerged as levels discipline with professionalism in the field of community development, counseling, personal management, health care, women and child welfare, disaster management, etc. trained professional social workers are the inevitable components of human development activities promoted by the government and non-government organisations.

Aim of the Course

  • To build competent, professional social workers to meet the global demand.
  • To impart value based knowledge on social justice, empowerment and impression regarding Ddmocracy, welfarism and religious pluralism.
  • To create an atmosphere this generates social sensitivity regarding social issues and crisis.
  • To undertake social research, field action projects in the innovative fields of the profession of social work.
  • To empower the marginalised groups such as women, dalits, tribals, labour class, children, old age, and differently abled.
  • To strengthen the participatory approaches in all levels of development processes.
  • To undertake activities in the protection and promotion of Human Rights.
  • To perceive the total human growth ensuring physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
  • To undertake activities on rehabilitation of the victims of Development-Induced Displacement.

Specializations

  1. Human Resource Management
  2. Medical and Psychiatric Social Work
  3. Urban and Rural Community Development

Academic Activities

First Semester

  • To create an orientation about the theory, practice and different fields of social work.
  • To sensitize the students relating to social problems and crisis.
  • To promote value-based activities for the emancipation of the teaming millions from abject exploitation.
  • To train the students for the active involvement in conquering the challenges which threaten the social structure.
  • To build up professional human relations and exposure to rural, urban, tribal settlements and coastal community.
  • To have hands on computer application.

Second Semester

  • To introduce to various social work settings.
  • Enabling in identification of community needs.
  • Enhancing the capacities of the group for establishing the overall group goal.
  • Client-centered approach in Case Work and Group Work.
  • To invite the attention in basic Social Research.
  • To impart knowledge on human psychology for analysing the dynamics of human behaviour.

Third Semester

The curricular objectives are based on respective specialisations opted by the students.

  • To impart Medical & Psychiatric information so as to identify the social aspects of physical psychiatric ailments.
  • To impart knowledge on social legislations.
  • To involve in Participatory Rural Appraisal, Participatory Poverty Analysis, and Planning Implementation and Evaluation (PIE).
  • To impart knowledge on quantitative method in social research.
  • To create and better understanding in the administration of Human Service Organisations (HSOs) and Non Government Organisations.

Fourth Semester

  • To introduce to the Medical and Psychiatric Social Work and to understand the Team Work in these settings.
  • To involve in the Rural and Urban Development prospects and challenges.
  • Capacitate as a practitioner in International, National and Regional agencies which undertake various Rural and Urban Community Development Programmes.
  • To equip with the methods and skills for the innovative and alternate development programmes.
  • To understand minor research programmes on social issues having more gender concerns.

 

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