Social Work as a Profession
The MSW degree gives professional skills to those interested in serving the community as a vocation. The program is most suitable for those who would like to build a career in Social Work and gives them an opportunity to derive great joy by extending a helping hand to those in need, including the under-privileged populations in the society. Social work graduates are widely recruited by public and private human service agencies to work with individuals, families, groups and communities to resolve social and emotional problems. Opportunities abound for Social Work professionals in Non-Government Organizations (NGO) and in the health care sector. MSW graduates are employed in diverse fields, including Human Resource Management, Community Development, Child Welfare, Juvenile and Criminal Justice Administration, Correctional Institutions, Mental Health Centers, Addiction Treatment, Family and Guidance Counseling, Social Policy Advocacy, and Public Welfare. Amrita’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program comprises of classroom and fieldwork components spread across four semesters. It encourages students to increase self awareness and their awareness and sensitivity towards others.It integrates advanced concepts and developments in the field of Social Work with a deeper understanding of the traditional Indian value system. Students participate in the service activities initiated by the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s parent organization – Mata Amritanandamayi Math.
The Amrita MSW is a two-year full-time residential program which requires high levels of concentration, long hours of work and sustained commitment from students. Its credit-based system allows tremendous flexibility in matters of course design, curricula, timeframe, teaching and learning methodologies, and evaluation procedures. The curriculum is on par with that of the best international institutions in the field of Social Work, while taking into account the specific requirements of the Social Work profession in the Indian context. The MSW program maintains a healthy balance between classroom sessions and field practice. In the first semester, students are introduced to basic concepts in Social Work and the values and ethics integral to the Social Work profession. Students undertake observational visits to selected social service agencies and health care centers offering community services. In the second semester, the curriculum teaches various perspectives and diverse methods of Social Work, giving students the requisite theoretical foundation and professional skills to do Social Work.
The Department also offers a 5 Year Integrated Master of Social Work program.
Department of Social Work, Coimbatore
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amrita nagar, Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu - 641112, India
0 422 2685000 Extn: 5851
Department of Social Work, Amritapuri
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amritapuri, Clappana P.O.,
Kollam, Kerala - 690525, India
0476 - 289 6328
0476 - 289 6318