M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts in Social Work (Children & Families)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus


Intake: 23

Description

Children, constituting around 40% of the total population in India, are vulnerable by virtue of their young age and lack of power and position in society. Over the years the field of social work with children and families in India has changed considerably in terms of its perspectives, scope, and the diverse professional expertise needed. The emphasis has shifted from provision of child related welfare services to fulfilling child rights including economic, social, cultural, and political rights. Child participation, equity, and social justice are gaining prominence both within the State as well as civil society engagement. The Constitutional provisions in India and International Instruments pertaining to child rights requires sustained visibility especially in areas such as quality health care, educational opportunities, family strengthening, and all critical areas of child development. Besides, child protection and well-being necessitates either prevention, or mitigating all situations of violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect that are experienced by large numbers of children in India and across the world.

While on the one hand efforts through activism and advocacy have brought to the fore the childrens’ agendas in policy making processes, the State has also likewise responded to develop newer interventions and strategies to effectively address child vulnerability and marginalization. Children (all young persons who have not completed eighteen years of age), as central to the development discourse, and as individuals having rights as citizens, is at the core of this thematic area. The Master of Arts in Social Work (Children and Families) aims to nurture and enable social work practitioners to develop sensitivity, imbibe rights-based perspective, values and ethics, learn research skills, and build competencies for effective social work intervention with children and families. Both classroom teaching and fieldwork are core components of the programme. Classroom teaching through lectures, group discussion, exercises, presentation, case illustrations, assignments, etc. aims at conceptual clarity, reflective learning, analysis, and critical thinking. Fieldwork, which complements the classroom inputs, provides the learners with an exposure to social realities, an opportunity for experiential learning, self-awareness, developing practice skills within a rights-based framework, as well as learn from, and contribute meaningfully to organizations.

The programme covers a contextualized and theoretical understanding of child and childhood, the legal and policy framework pertaining to children, understanding the concept of ‘family’ and building a critical perspective on dynamic family situations, skills for direct work with children and families, ability to design social work interventions, as well as conduct research in relevant areas. The programme endeavours to equip learners to engage in social work practice with children and families across different settings; institutional settings, community based settings, government institutions, non-government organizations, as well as learn skills for advocacy and research. The programme also strives to strengthen competencies to work towards systemic changes within formal institutions of the State and participate in interventions through State programmes. Job prospects include working in areas such as child labour, street connected children, child trafficking, community-based-centres, children's residential care institutions, school social work, juvenile justice system, adoption, foster care, sponsorship, research-based work, funding agencies, child rights-based work, and CSR projects

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Year

Detail

Credits

I

Foundation Courses

4

Core Social Work Courses

16

Programme Courses

4

Elective Foundation Course (CBCS)

2

Open Elective Courses (CBCS)

2

Disciplinary Elective Course (CBCS)

2

Fieldwork

12

II

 

 

Core Social Work Courses

2

Programme Courses

14

Disciplinary Elective Course (CBCS)

2

Research Project

6

Field Work

12

Total Credits

78

Semesterwise Courses:

Semester

Course Code

Course

Credits

I

FC

Foundation Course

4

SW 01

History and Perspectives of Social Work

2

SW 02

Social Work Practice with Individuals

2

SW 03

Social Work Practice with Groups

2

SW 05

Research Methods I

2

CF 01

Child and Childhood In India-Theories, Demographics and Perspectives

2

II

EF

Elective Foundation Course (CBCS)

2

OE Open Elective Course (CBCS) 2

SW 04

Community Organisation

2

SW 06

Social Welfare Administration

2

SW 07

Critical Perspectives on Social Work: Introduction to Social Theories

2

SW 08

Research Methods II

2

CF 02

Family in India

2

FW 01

Fieldwork

12

III

SW 09

Social Policy and Planning

2

CF 03 Child and Family Laws in India 2

CF 04

Policies and Programmes for Children

4

CF 05

Vulnerable and Marginalised Children: Issues and Perspectives

2

CF 06

Issues and Concerns of Children and Families in Rural India

2

CF 07

Working with Children: Skills and Interventions

2

CF 08

Working with Families: Skills and Interventions

2

DE 01

Disciplinary Elective Course (CBCS)

2

IV

 

 

 

CF 09

Action and Advocacy for Children and Families

2

RP

Research Project

6

FW 02

Fieldwork

12

DE 01 Disciplinary Elective Course (CBCS)

2

DE 02

Disciplinary Elective Course (CBCS)

2

Total Credits

78

 

Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.

Fee Structure:

 

Components CF
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 12000 12000 12000 12000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0
CHARGES



Field Work Charges 5000 5000 5000 5000
Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
ID Card Charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0  
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1500 0 1500 0
DEPOSITS & ADVANCES A)  Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
B)  *Practicum / Study Tour Charges (Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work) (Refundable) 0 0 0 0
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 16000 16000 16000 16000
OTHER CHARGES Hostel & Electricity Charges Rs.10000 & Rs.5000 15000 15000 15000 15000
Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 39200 27300 20800 21300
Total Fees for Hostellers 70200 58300 51800 52300
*Details under School
* "Practicum / Study tour charges / Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work charges are not part of the fee structure.  However, expenses will have to be met by the students at the time of study tour."

*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.