School: School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus
Centre: Centre for Disability Studies and Action
The focus among professionals in the field of disability rehabilitation today is on rights of persons with disability, equalisation of opportunities and their integration into mainstream society. It has been formally recognised that people with disabilities are people who have the economic, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, social and political needs that other people have. Though we have come a long way, we still have far to go in ensuring an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for persons with disabilities. In India, disabled persons are still oppressed and marginalised, and denied the opportunity for full citizenship and participa- tion and from living a reasonable quality of life because of society’s persistent stereotypical and prejudiced per- ception of them as inferior, incapable and inadequate, a drain on family resources, and costly for society to maintain.
The Master of Arts in Social Work (Disability Studies and Action) enables students to understand and conceptualise disability as socially constructed and finds explanations for disablement within the context of a person’s life, rather than within individuals themselves. Rehabilitation conducted within a comprehensive social framework is not only about the removal of barriers at the individual lev- el, it is also about the removal of physical and attitudinal barriers in society at large. Rehabilitation, therefore, includes not only engaging with persons with disability, but also emphasises the need for engaging with the community and other systems of society for creating more enabling environments so that their complete in- tegration into mainstream society is possible.
The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), an autonomous central organisation under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has mandated that all social workers who are working in the field of disability rehabilitation undergo certification in Rehabilitation Social Work or acquire a credited degree in Disability Rehabilitation Social Work. RCI recognises Rehabilitation Social Workers as professionals in the field of disability rehabilitation. Given this mandate, the M.A. Social Work in Disability Studies and Action is being offered to create a cadre of professional social workers, with competency in empowering people with disability and all other stakeholders in this issue.
( RCI Certification renewal is awaited )
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Philosophy of Research
Open Elective Courses (CBCS)
Core Social Work Courses
Disciplinary Elective Course
History and Perspectives of Social Case Work
Social Case Work
Social Group Work
Research Methods I
Theoretical Perspectives and their Application to Disability Rehabilitation Social Work
Open Elective Course (CBCS)
Critical Perspectives on Social Work: Introduction to Social Theories
Research Methods II
Persons with Disability and their Rehabilitation Contexts
Social Policy and Planning
Management of Disability Related Programmes
Building Disability Awareness for Action
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