I Year - 1st and 2nd Semester
II Year – 3rd Semeser – Specialization papers
Human Resource Management
Medical and Psychiatry
II Year 4th Semester – Specialzation Papers
Human Resource Mangement
Medical and Psychiatry
Name of the Course
It came into existence in 1957 and offered a diploma course in Social Science till 1963. In 1964 it became a full-fledged two-year Post-Graduate programme with the introduction of M.A Social Work, with three specialisations, which branched into five. In 1994, the specialisation titled “ Welfare of the Marginalised” was the first of its kind in the country to be introduced. The latest addition is "Human Rights" in the academic year 2003-2004. To sum up the specialisations are:
Human Resource Management
Welfare of Disadvantaged Sections
Medical and Psychiatric Social Work
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.
Supervised fieldwork shall be an integral part of the training programme of M. A. in Social Work. A minimum of 15 hours of supervised fieldwork per week, throughout the course, is required of each candidate. Classroom instruction and fieldwork shall be arranged on a concurrent basis and for a short period of one month during the fourth semester and students will have to do block fieldwork. Under the concurrent field work there will be no class room lectures, two days in the week, and on such days students will report to the fieldwork agencies. Fieldwork may commence with orientation visits to selected welfare agencies and proceed with placement of students in welfare agencies.
Based on the broad objectives of field instruction in social work education, the fist year fieldwork objectives are as follows:
To develop a holistic view of social work and social welfare in the community, with special emphasis on the agency's role in human services.
- To understand the agency as an organisation, its structure, functions, activities and sources of funding.
- To understand and make a commitment to the basic humanistic values and principles of social work practice in a secular democratic society.
- To develop an understanding of the application of the methods of social work practice in the field.
- To develop practising skills appropriate to each phase of the problem-solving process and apply them in direct service.
- To develop an understanding of the problems and opportunities in working with diverse populations.
- To develop the self –awareness necessary to assess one’s own values, attitudes, feelings, strengths, limitations, and interests and performance.
- To develop the readiness to seek and accept help from the fieldwork supervisors and others, and from professional and scientific literature for self-improvement.
The department has also been conducting M.Phil. programmes from the academic year 1988-89. The present intake is nine students per year and totally ninety-three have enrolled till date. Both part-time and full-time students are admitted for M.Phil. Besides classes and theory examinations, field practicum of 240 hours, and research projects are mandatory requirements of the M.Phil course. From the year 1995 the department began offering Ph.D. programmes. There are three Ph.D. guides in the department.
Unique Features of the Department
University Grants Commission (UGC) and Academy Staff College, University of Madras have assigned the Refresher Course for Social Work teachers to the Social Work Department, Nov-Dec 2004.
Dr. Shanmuga Velaytham was selected as a representative of India to present a paper on Child Rights Conference at Geneva, (United Nations) September 2004.
The department has introduced a specialisation called Human Rights from the academic year 2003-2004.
A course on communication for social workers, counselling and management of NGOs, was introduced in the M.A. Social Work course.
A certificate course on SPSS for Social Workers, Social Work intervention in the field of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, Current Trends in Human Resource Development and Industrial Social Work, is offered to interested students. The forthcoming certificate courses are Social Worker Intervention and Environmental Issues, Human Rights.
The Department was recently involved in Urban Community Mental Health Initiative, News and Magazines published that Choolaimedu is the highest suicide place in Chennai, in order to serve the society the department initiated this project all with The Banyan, Ecomwel, Udavi in Oct 2004 as part of the World Mental Health Day Program.
The department also offers counselling and guidance services to various patients with family problems, employment, etc.
Some of our distinguished alumni/ae have been recognised at the national level for their contribution to social work especially to the marginalised sections of the society. Many of our students have started developmental works in remote rural areas.
The mission of the department has been to create new dimension of skills, both conceptual and practical, leading to better understanding of the rural and urban social issues and to train them for improved decision making abilities. In this line the department has varied activities. Some of which are :
The students are engaged in various activities besides their core curriculum. They are encouraged to organise and carry out programmes, processions and events for social cause. The objective of such activities is to build the personal and professional skills of the students and to facilitate self-development. An integral part of the curriculum for the first year students is the “Rural Camp” conducted in the most backward and neglected areas of the state.
To enable students to understand the socio-economic and cultural conditions of rural life.
To help students integrate into practice certain essential values for life like simple living, adjusting with minimum facilities and putting into practice the concept of dignity of labour and self-discipline.
To facilitate an exposure by working with underprivileged groups of children, women, youth group and senior citizens, and also to work with oppressed group including dalits, bonded labourers and tribals.
To help students develop suitable skills in processes like decision-making, planning, organising, executing, co-ordinating, recording and report writing.
To learn to work together as a team with a positive approach.
A study tour for ten days in the second year, is a mandatory requirement of the course. The tour includes visits to various industries, educational institutions and national and international social welfare agencies. The aim of the tour is:
- To help students in getting acquainted with the agencies and organisations across the country.
- To enhance awareness on future trends in Social Work practices in the minds of students.
- To enlighten students on various types of problems of the people and their diversified cultural background.
People management skills are crucial to the success of the organisation. To impart these skills the department uses multiple methods like lectures, class room presentations, book reviews, weekly seminars, case studies and analysis, group dynamics and discussions, guest lectures, project assignments, quiz competitions, study visits, role play, paper presentations, viva voce and fieldwork training.
Facilities in the Department
There are three computers in the department for effective work. The computers are distributed to all wings of the department namely, TN-FORCES, LEARN and departmental activities. The department installed a new package called “InsProPlus” for better administration, which helps to access all students detail, from the application to the convocation number.
The department has a very good collection of books related to social work. Works done by M.A. students and also research scholars are made available in the documentation unit.
Association of Social Workers
This vibrant association consists of the students and faculty members of the department. It strives to conscientise the society and reach out to them through its various efforts. It function with the following objectives:
- To create in the minds of its members, an awareness of the application of the principles of social work, to problems in real life.
- To stimulate qualities of leadership and organisation in students at the training stage.
- To undertake minor welfare activities on scientific lines in the social service agencies visited by students.
- To kindle the interest of university students in social work practice for the benefit of the people.
- To work for the recognition of social work as a profession in our country.
Annual Study Conference
The annual study conference on contemporary social issues, forms an important event in the student’s academy. The conference is conducted on various topics every year.
In the process students learn the art of mobilising resources, communicating, planning and co-ordinating. This provides students an opportunity to interact with field personnel and also students from other schools of social work.
One of the major events of the department is the slum sport. The students do the necessary fund-raising for this programme. Last year also the first years brought children from the slums for a day filled with sports programmes. Everyone was provided refreshments and lunch, and was also given a gift at the end of the day.
This is a magazine of the department. It is a student initiated magazine and is released on the occasion of the Annual Study Conference every year.
Students are engaged in various social welfare activities like campaigning on important social issues, rallies, emergency relief services, street theatres, exhibitions, awareness programmes, conducting medical camps, educational assistance (tuition) to poor students and Guiding distressed families with the help of professionals.
(Forum for Creche and Child Care Services in Tamil Nadu)
It represents a semi-structured network of 38 organisations and institutions set up in 1982.
The membership rose to 105 in 2003. Members of the general body included:
1. NGOs engaged in early childhood care and development (0-6 years)
2. Professional associations
3. Trade unions
4. Educational & research institutes
TN-FORCES Secretariat regularly conducts forums, maintain records and document overall network developments, to plan new network activities in line with the over all goals. The programme seeks to reach out and influence a wide range of people including, policy makers and legislators through uses various advocacy strategies like lobbying, information sharing, capacity building and building alliances, etc.
The department, along with THE BANYAN, ECOMWEL and UDAVI has launched the Urban Community Mental Health Programme at Choolaimedu, Chennai. A team of Mental Health Specialist comprising of Psychiatric Social Workers, Counsellors and Psychiatrist are rendering free therapeutic service on Thursdays from 5.00 - 7.00 P.M at Udavi, Social Welfare Organisation, 91, Namashivaya Puram East, Choolaimedu, Chennai – 94.
Mr. M.R. Arul Raj M.A., M.Phil. ( Head of the Department )
Dr. G. Gladston Xavier M.A., M.A.(USA), Ph.D.
Rev. Fr. A. Louis Arokiaraj SJ, M.A.
Ms. P. Mary Jessy Rani M.A., M.Phil.
Mr. Francis Adaikalam M.A., M.Phil.
Dr. J.M. Arul Kamaraj M.S.W.,,M.A., M.B.A.,M.Sc., Ph.D.
Mr. H. Kirubakaran M.A., M.Phil.
Mr. A. John Jeyakumar M.A.M.Phil.,MLS.
Mr. S. R. Vincent Vijayaraj M.A. (Co-ordinator - Shift II)
Mr. Simon Joseph M.A., M.Phil.
Mr. D. John Paul M.A., M.Phil., DCA.,DLL
Ms. S. Akileswari M.A.(S.W.)
Ms. Hanna Evangeline Sangeetha M.A.(S.W.), M.Phil.
Mr. Balamuthu Murugan M.A. (S.W.)
Mr. D. Edward Sudhakar M.A.
Ms. Mary Princess Lavanya M.A., M.Phil., DCA
Ms. Vallery Patrick MA., M.Phil (Sociology)
Mr Anthony Sagaya Raj MA