Social Work

About Us

True to the guiding principles of the Madras Christian College, the department ensures that a student passing through the portals of the department are academically excellent, indulge in socially relevant activities and are spiritually strong. The Department, considering the vision of the Madras Christian College, aspires to be a department of excellence transforming lives through education with a commitment to service. All the activities of the department are directed towards holistic development, and hence every graduate of the department is taught & trained to face the challenges of the world.


The Department offers the BSW, M.S.W (HR), M.Phil and Ph.D programs. The Department comprises of 10 experienced and efficient faculty members. The Department is highly diverse with 290 students (boys and girls) from all over the country pursuing their Social Work Education here. 

Thrust Area

The Social Work programme is very unique as the students are exposed to Experiential Learning giving them edge over students from other programmes.

The Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) program develops the students’ personality to a great extent as the course curriculum and the activities are designed to produce students who are responsible citizens, sensitive to the needs of the community. Fieldwork commencing from the III Semester provides hands on experience to the students in the field.  

The Masters in Social Work (MSW) is a benchmark programme as it prepares students for a career in Social Work with special reference to Human Resource Management through interactive and participative process of Training, Workshops, Field Work and Project Work. The programme is designed to equip the students to meet the advancing Industry standards.

The M.Phil & Ph.D program in Social Work provides scholars a strong knowledge base in research which helps them to do impactful research.

Programmes Offered

Bachelors in Social Work (BSW)

Masters in Social Work (MSW) specialising in Human Resource Management

M.Phil and Ph.D



Upon completion of the BSW program, a student will be able to:

PSO Number Program Specific Outcome
PSO 1 Acquire comprehensive knowledge base of the various Primary and Secondary Methods of Social Work along with an understanding of Human Behaviour.
PSO 2  Demonstrate adequate knowledge about the Social, Economic and Legal Ecosystem of the country.
PSO 3 Develop Social Work Skills and Proficiency of Social Work Techniques required for Generalist Practice through Classroom Training and Direct Field Exposure. 
PSO 4 Demonstrate Professional Sensitivity towards Social Issues and apply Skills to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate Social Work Interventions at Individual, group and Community Levels.
PSO 5  Develop the Spirit of Scientific Enquiry and the competency to Plan and Execute Social Work Research. 
PSO 6 Integrate Social Work Ethics and Values within the Total Personality and establish one’s Identity as a Professional Social Worker. 


Bachelor of Social Work- Revised Syllabus 2021 Onwards
SemCourseTypeTitle of the PaperHCRICAESE
ILanguage –I435050
English –I435050
214SW1M01MajorIntroduction to Social Work545050
214SW1M02MajorIntroduction to Psychology545050
214SW1A01AlliedBasics of Sociology655050
214UC1G02General CourseContemporary Indian Society425050
Value Education –I215050
IILanguage –II435050
English – II435050
214SW2M01MajorSocial Case Work545050
214SW2M02Major -PracticalSensitization to Social Issues545050
214SW2A01AlliedHuman Rights 655050
214UC1G02General CourseContemporary Indian Society425050
Value Education –II215050
IIILanguage – III435050
English –III435050
214SW3M01MajorSocial Group Work545050
214SW3M02Major -PracticalCommunity Sensitization545050
214SW3A01AlliedPolitical and Economic Systems in India655050
ElectivesEnvironmental Studies425050
Personality Development2-5050
IVLanguage – IV435050
English – IV435050
214SW4M01MajorSocial Work with Communities545050
214SW4M02Major-PracticalField Work Practicum–I 545050
214SW4A01AlliedSocial Responsibility and Good Governance655050
214UC3706InterdisciplinaryLegal Systems in India435050
Personality Development235050
V214SW5M01MajorSocial Work Research455050
214SW5M02MajorSocial Legislation455050
214SW5M03MajorConflict and Disaster Management445050
214SW5M04Major-PracticalField Work Practicum –II 1255050
214UC5LO5General ElectiveSocial Entrepreneurship435050
Computer Training23
VI214SW6M01MajorSocial Work and Health Services555050
214SW6M02MajorSocial Work with Families555050
214SW6M03MajorHuman Resource Management and Labor in India555050
214SW6M04MajorFundamentals of Social Welfare Administration545050
214SW6M05Major- PracticalField Work Practicum –III1055050
Extension Activities1
Grand Total140


Upon completion of the MSW program, a student will be able to:

PSO Number Program Specific Outcome
PSO 1 Acquire comprehensive and robust knowledge base on the Concepts Theories, Models, Methods and Processes of Professional Social Work and Human Resource Management.
PSO 2 Develop a repertoire of Social Work and Human Resource Practice Skills and Techniques through Direct Field Exposure and Experience.
PSO 3 Cultivate appropriate perspectives, and insights on the Dynamics of Human Behaviour, Social Systems and Organisational Systems, and integrate them to propose solutions to emerging problems across multitudinous Social Situations.
PSO 4 Demonstrate theoretical and practical applications of Social Welfare Administration, Social Legislations, Human Rights, Labour Legislations, Labour Welfare in a variety of Field Settings and Organisational Settings.
PSO 5 Develop scientific attitude and critical enquiry in designing and executing Research in the areas of Social Work and Human Resource Management and propose valid solutions with social relevance. 
PSO 6 Internalize, Imbibe and Integrate Social Work Skills, Attitudes, Ethics and Values within the Total Personality and a Firm Resolve to Uphold and Demonstrate the Same in every aspect of Professional Life as a Responsive Citizen.


Master of Social Work- Revised Syllabus 2021 Onwards
SemCourse CodeTitle of the PaperHCRICAESET
I215SW1M01Social Work Profession 435050W
215SW1M02Social Work with Individuals335050W
215SW1M03Social Work with Groups335050W
215SW1M04Social Work Research and Statistics435050W
215SW1M05Field Work Practicum – I1255050P
215SW1E06Introduction to Sociology (Elective)455050W
215SW2M01Community Organisation and Social Action335050W
215SW2M02Social Welfare Administration and Social Legislation335050W
II 215SW2M03Essentials of Psychology 335050W
215SW2M04Human Resource Management 335050W
215SW2M05Field Work Practicum – II1255050P
215SW2E06Fundamentals of Business Management (Elective)455050W
215SW3M01Labour Legislation and Case Laws 435050W
 III215SW3M02Organisational Behaviour 435050W
215SW3M03Industrial Relations and Labour Welfare435050W
215SW3M04Field Work Practicum – III1255050P
215SW3E05Strategic Management (Elective)455050W
215SW4M01Organisational Development 335050W
215SW4M02Corporate Social Responsibility335050W
215SW4M04Human Resource Management Systems335050W
IV 215SW4M03Training Laboratory for Emerging HR Professionals 335050P
215SW4M05Field Work – IV & Block Placement 1255050P
215SW4M06Project Work255050R
215SW4E07Concepts and Trends in HR and Business (Elective) 455050W
PESoft Skill Programme8
Total Credits100

Sem -Semester, H – Hours Per Cycle, CR – Credit, ICA – Internal Continuous Assessment, SE – Semester Exams, T – Type, W- Written, R -Research Project, P – Practical

The Degree of Master of Social Work is awarded to a candidate who obtains 100 Credits.

Our Roots

The Department of Social Work (SFS) was established in 1999. The two-year program of Master of Arts in Social Work (PM & IR) affiliated to the University of Madras was started in the year 1999 with 21 students and 2 staff members. In 2002, M.A (Social Work) was renamed as Master of Social Work (PM & IR) and it acquired a dynamic nomenclature of Master of Social Work (HRM) from the year 2003. The Self-financed Stream, which was under the University of Madras pattern, gained autonomy from the academic year 2003 – 2004 and CBCS was also implemented.

The Master’s programme is an intensive two-year programme comprising of four semesters which is a combination of class room instructions and field practicum. The uniqueness of this programme is that the students are exposed to experiential learning and this gives an edge over other similar master’s programmes. The transition from a student to a professional is carefully monitored by a group of qualified and experienced teaching professionals and practitioners through a rigorous and continuous evaluation system. The alumni of the department are holding office of Vice President HR in various multinationals. The presence of our alumni are in countries like the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Scandinavian countries, Malaysia, Singapore etc., and also across the Indian sub continent. 

Madras Christian College introduced the under-graduation program in Social Work, in the Department of Social Work, Self –Financed Stream from 2005 onwards since there was a demand for the programme not only at the PG level but even at the UG level.  The BSW students after their studies either proceed to do higher studies (either in Social Work or developmental domain) or join work. Those who pursue higher studies join our department itself for MSW or Madras School of Social Work, Stella Maris College, Loyola College and other city colleges or Delhi School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Christ University or across the globe like London School of Economics, Georgian College, Canada etc.,    

Another milestone of the Department is the commencement of M. Phil (Social Work) program from the year 2012. Till date close to 20 scholars have completed their M.Phil program at the department. The hallmark was the commencement of the Doctoral program in the Department from the year 2014 onwards. The Department is working towards obtaining recognition for offering Ph.D. as a full-time program.

The department which had a humble start in 1999 with 21 students, two faculty and one programme is now a grown to teach close to 300 students, 10 faculty and four programmes. True to the latin motto found in the emblem of our college, ‘With the sign of God in our banner we will (march on) win’.


R. Belinda

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Janice Shiji
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Baily Vincent
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M. Thendral
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Mohan Raj R.
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N. Joshua Jayaseelan
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