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Master of Social Work

The PG department of Social Work from its inception in the year 2001 has been committed to grooming and educating professionals for Social Welfare and Social Development. We envisage preparing the students to respond effectively to the emerging social realities which call for qualified professionals, with specialized knowledge and skills.

Candidates who have passes any Bachelor Degree examination of Mangalore University or any other considered as equivalent thereto are eligible for the programme provided they have secured a minimum of 45% (40% for SC/ST/Category-I candidates) marks in Optionals. Selection of candidates shall be on merit-cum-reservation on the basis of 50:50 weightage for marks in the entrance and qualifying examinations.

 Objectives of the Course
A. Knowledge- based Objectives

  • To help students understand the basic concepts, values, methods, ethics and processes of social work profession.
  • To enable them to acquire knowledge for the assessment of, and interventions with, individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations and the state.
  • To facilitate understanding of the structure and functions of various social, economic and political institutions.
  • To develop capacity in varied fields like community and social change management, medical and clinical settings, personnel management and labour welfare.

B. Value- based Objectives

  • To enable the students to acquire professional values such as respect for the dignity and worth of the human person, unconditional acceptance of, and concern for, their holistic well-being.
  • To enable the students to develop concern and commitment for the marginalized groups based on class, caste, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and ability.
  • To enable them to internalize the values of social justice, cultural pluralism, democratic participation and integrity of creation.

C. Skill -based Objectives

  • To enable students to acquire the generic skills such as
  • Life skills
  • Organization- development and management.
  • Research and analysis
  • Program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Advocacy, networking and public policy interventions
  • To develop skills for solving the problems in working with individual, family, groups and communities through field practicum
  • To enable students to develop their capacity to relate theory to practice and also to relate experience to theory

Best Practices/ Teaching-Learning Process

  • Group Discussion
  • Field Study Based Assignment
  • Case Analysis, Discussion & presentation
  • Brainstorming Session
  • Simulated Case Work sessions
  • Review of Documentary/Film on Social Issues
  • Internet based learning and presentation
  • Book/Article/Journal/Magazine/News review and presentation
  • Role Plays, Street plays
  • Community based programmes
  • Organisational visits & learning
  • Study Tours
  • Rural exposure visits, Participatory Rural Appraisal
  • Extension Lectures
  • Summer Placement and Block placementScope of the subjects/courseA. Medical and Psychiatric Social Work:Medical and Psychiatric Social Work Specialisation (MPSW), is an important specialisation in MSW studies. MPSW students are placed in different health settings for field training and are involved in clinical Social Work Practice. The students of this specialisation are trained to equip themselves with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for effective practice towards promoting holistic health (physical & Mental) which includes Preventive, Promotive and Curative areas. It facilitates students to gain knowledge and skills as a team to promote comprehensive health care and training to find solutions to a range of psycho-social problems associated with the patient’s illness. Our students get training in individual & group counselling and family therapy in hospital and community health settings. They conduct Case Work and Group Work with patients and family members. They also conduct awareness programmes through Lectures, role plays, skits etc. in schools and communities. They are also exposed to various extension Lectures and skills workshops on important topics in college and field settings.This specialisation offers papers like Working with Children and families, Therapeutic Counselling, Medical Social Work, Psychiatric Social Work and concurrent Field Work Practicum.Job Opportunities in Medical & Psychiatric Social Work

    As Counsellors / Social workers / Programme coordinators in India and abroad

    • Hospital and clinical Settings
    • Educational Settings-School Counselling
    • Career and vocational counseling & Guidance
    • Counseling to Diverse Population
    • Disaster Management areas
    • Family and Marriage
    • Child, adolescents and special groups
    • Drug Abuse and disability
    • Palliative care
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Geriatric Social Work
    • Industrial Social Work
    • Mental Health and Community Counselling
    • Counselling women
    • Research & Documentation officers in the field of Health
    • Counselling to culture and ethnic groups
    • Government departments –as Counsellors/Social workers/health officers in Correctional Institutions, Women & Child Welfare departments, Social Welfare departments, Health departments and Government Hospitals
    • In National and International funding agencies like UNICEF, UNESCO, ILO & WHO

    There is also scope for Higher education i.e., M. Phil., Ph.D., and teaching in Social work institutes or clinical work cum teaching in Medical College Hospitals.

    B.    The Human Resource Development:

    Human Resource Development (HRD, HR) is the management and development of an organisation’s manpower. MSW HR professionals stand more competent to other HR professionals by being highly equipped with Labour Legislations and Industrial Relations. MSW HR is extensively exposed to understand employee welfare and employers profit maximization throughout the course. MSW HR students from St Aloysius College are also placed in various industrial establishments for practical exposure training.

    The field work experience that the MSW’s get throughout the year, keeps them updated with the industry news and the changing trends in HR. In the HR Specialization, students study Indian Labour Legislations such as Social Security Legislations, The Factories Act 1948, The Plantations Labour Act 1951, The Motor Transport Workers Act 1961, The Mines Act 1952, The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act 1970, The Karnataka Shops and Establishment Act 1961, The Payment of Wages Act 1936, The Minimum Wages Act 1948, The Payment of Bonus Act 1965, The Industrial Dispute Act 1947, Environmental Protection Act, The Trade Union Act 1926, The Industrial Establishments Act 1946, Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946, The Provident Fund Act 1952, The Employees State Insurance Act 1948, etc., and the Functions and development of trade union.

    Students also are exposed to Organizational Behavioural and Development dynamics. They are also taught about Recruitment Strategies, Payroll Management Strategies, Employee Grievance Handling Strategies, Manning Standards, Career Graphing, Performance Appraisal, Human Resource planning and execution, Manager Job analysis/ Gap analyst, Employee safety administration, Retention strategies, Training Planning and execution, Statutory compliance management, Management of employee relations, Compensation and benefit administration.

    Regular seminars and workshops on various topics involve student’s participation and help them to be active by using their skills and potentialities not just for academic purposes but also for the extra-curricular activities. Study tour is observed annually for 7/8 days with exposure to around 10 industries and organisations. Students also undergo Block Placements for 40 days in industries and organisations, after the 4th semester examination. Summer Placement after 2nd semester is also advised.

    Field work conference which is conducted on a regular basis helps students to share their practical field experiences with the other students as well as to enhance their presentation skills in front of their peers.

    HRD specialists can be employed as HR Executives / Managers with a generalist role or specific to one or more of the roles like Recruitment, Induction, Performance Appraisal, Training, Industrial Relations, Grievance Handling, Career Planning, Consulting Partner, etc., as Labour Welfare Officers, Recruitment Executives/Managers for Consultancy, Soft Skills Trainers, etc., in various industrial settings and in HR department of industries and organisations.

    There is opportunity to get into Government jobs as:

    • Factories Inspector/ Chief Inspector
    • Labour Officer/ Commissioner
    • Officer in Employees Provident Fund department
    • Officer in Employee State Insurance department
    • State Bus Transportation Corporation
    • International & Domestic Airports
    • HR in Nationalised Banks
    • HR in Police Department
    • HR in Army/ Navy & Air Force Departments
    • HR in Para-Military Services
    • Public Sector Mining Industries
    • Public Sector Electronic Companies
    • Public Sector Engineering Companies
    • Public Sector Aeronautical Industries
    • Public Sector Agro Industries
    • Public Sector Automobile Industries etc.

    Higher education (Ph.D., M.Phil.) and teaching are some other options for HRD Specialised MSW students.

    C.   Community Development:

    Community Development specialization at St Aloysius College continues to attract students across India to the possibility of being experts in working for social change at the community level. This Programme includes theory and practicum which will enable students to specialize in Community Development. In the III and IV semesters, students study the various issues related to rural, tribal and urban development, citizen participation in governance, and education for development. There is also a distinct focus on the various target groups of society such as unorganized labourers, women, children, dalits, youth, farmers, poor, artisans etc. The specialization also aims at enabling an organized effort towards sustainable development and mobilizing the people to protect their human rights.

    Field experience is an important part of the program in MSW department of St Aloysius College Mangalore. Community Development Students are given field training through placements in open communities under the guidance of Non Governmental Organisations and Local self Governments like Panchayats and City Corporations.

    Such training in the community setting helps students learn social work practice with an integrated approach. Students themselves are involved in identifying the needs of the people, planning intervention strategies and implementing them. Moreover social welfare services are rendered to the needy, which will provide unbinding opportunities to the students to work freely and at the same time earn goodwill & recognition in the society.

    Experienced faculty members supervise the students’ efforts during Community work, carefully plan the assignments, conduct supervisory conferences and help the student to acquire professional skills and values. Annual seminars of National and Regional levels help the students to update their knowledge, learn planning and organizing skills and also to exchange ideas.

    CD specialists generally find employment in NGOs working for the development of women, children, and any marginalized sections of society.

    The emerging concept of Corporate Social Responsibility has created job opportunities for CD specialists in National and Multi National Companies.

    After gaining some experience CD specialists can be appointed as consultants with various organizations in various capacities.

    • Government Sector
    • Peoples’ Movement
    • Public sector and Private sector Banks
    • Co-operative Sector
    • Industrial Corporation/ CSR
    • Advocacy and other form of Social Activism
    • Self/group initiated organization and programmes
    • PRO’S in Government Offices
    • Development Officers at Gram, Taluk & Zilla Panchayats
    • BDO’s
    • City corporation- as Community Development Officers and Community Health Officers
    • Project Officers -National and International funding Agencies

    Projects by the Central and State governments for the benefit of women, children, HIV /AIDS, rural poor, slum and tribal development, farmers, youth etc. have been the greatest employers of community development experts. Ongoing research is the need of the hour for Community development. Hence it provides scope for CD experts to be the researchers of projects funded by Government and International funding agencies.

    Higher education (Ph.D., M. Phil.) and teaching is another option for Community Development workers.

    Community development Specialisation holds good for international market as well. Premier international organizations like WHO, UNESCO and UNICEF employ Community Development experts in awareness campaigns and projects meant for developing countries.

    Project Coordinator, Project manager, Researcher, Trainer, Programme director, Fund raising Executive, Monitoring officer are some of the designations one can obtain in this field.

Dr Loveena Lobo

Ms Shwetha Rasquinha
MSW, M Phil, NET

Mr Gerald D’silva

Mr Roshan Monteiro, Asst. Professor

Ms Vidya Vinutha D’souza

Mr Lohith Shetty

Syllabus in brief

The scheme and syllabus for the Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) offered by St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore through the PG Department of Social Work is drafted in accordance with the credit-based semester scheme. The Papers studied and practical works included in the course are mentioned hereunder:

Semester I

  • Social Work – History & Ideologies
  • Case Work Practice
  • Group Work Practice
  • Dynamics of Human Behaviour-I
  • Social Work Practicum
  • Concurrent Field Work
  • Comprehensive Viva-voce
Semester II

  • Social Sciences Perspectives for Social work
  • Community Organization and Social Action
  • Social Work Research & Statistics
  • Dynamics of Human Behaviour-II
  • Social Work Practicum
  • Concurrent Field Work
  • Comprehensive Viva-voce
Semester III

  • Social Work Administration
  • Human Rights Perspectives (Choice based credit paper)
  • Community Development Specialization
  • Education for Development
  • Rural & Tribal Development
  • Medical & Psychiatry Specialization
  • Counselling: Theory & Practice
  • Psychiatric Social Work
  • Human Resource Development
  • Personnel Management & Human Resource Development
  • Labour Legislation & Industrial Relations
  • Social Work Practicum
  • Concurrent Field Work
  • Comprehensive Viva voce


Semester IV

  • Project Planning and Management
  • Community Development Specialization
  • Urban Community Development
  • Citizen Participation & Local Self-Governance
  • Medical & Psychiatry Specialization
  • Working with Children and Families
  • Medical Social Work
  • Human Resource Development
  • Employee Welfare in India
  • Organisational Behaviour and Development
  • Project Work
  • Disaster Management & Term Paper


  • Research Project
  • Social Work Practicum
  • Concurrent Field Work
  • Comprehensive Viva voce


  1. Spacious class rooms with ample ventilation, screens, & LCD projector is an advantage.
  2. Separate Seminar room is available with AC & sound system.
  3. Internet Wi-Fi connectivity is available in the campus.
  4. Computers and Digital camera are available.
  5. Ladies room with washrooms.
  6. Movable LCD is available.
  7. Individual staff cabins to facilitate conferences with the students.
  8. The Office, HOD & Staff rooms are networked with intercom facility.
  9. There are six large common Notice boards for various kinds of notifications.
  10. Bulletin Boards are available in each classroom.
  11. Canteen facility is available in the PG block.
  12. Auditoriums & Teletorium are available to organise Seminars, Workshops and other events.
  13. Sports grounds and opportunities for playing different sports are available in the campus and a Swimming Pool is under construction.

Seminars and other activities

The course content for PG Degree in Social work / MSW Course in St Aloysius College (Autonomous) Mangalore has been designed with an advanced approach to provide superior quality professional social workers in the field of Medical and Psychiatric Social work, Community Development, and Human Resource Management. There is crucial demand for qualified MSW professionals across the globe. Continuous review and up gradation of the MSW course syllabus is a special feature of this department. Obtaining a PG Degree in Social work from St Aloysius College thus ensures higher professionalism and higher competency.

“Samprathi” is a National seminar observed annually by the MSW department which has earned a great reputation locally and nationally. The “Samprathi” compilation with ISBN feature was planned to be brought out after the seminar in 2013. “Deeksha” is a biannual Journal from the PG Department of Social Work with ISSN-2250-3919.

For placement assistance there is an exclusive placement cell that ensures all the students are placed in jobs where they fit the best.

The HR students’ forum “AL-Empower” strives for higher professional development through organising professional development programmes in core HR concepts. HR forum organizes workshops / extension talks on Advanced Manpower Planning, Collective Bargaining and Negotiation Process, Human Resources Budgeting, Compensation Management, Grievance Resolution, Human Resource Information Systems, Human Resource Management in Service Sector, Managerial Competencies and Career Development, Managerial Counselling, Marketing Decisions for HR, Operations Research for HRM, Participative Management.

Regular seminars and workshops on various topics involve students’ participation and help them to be active by using their skills and potentialities not just for academic purpose but also for extra-curricular activities through the Al-Empower Forum. Study tour is observed annually for 7/8 days with exposure to around 10 industries and organisations.

“KIRANA” Community Development Forum is a platform for the students to Develop skills and creativity. It offers opportunities for cooperation and collaboration among students and external agencies. Team research studies are conducted to inculcate critical thinking and reasoning skills, and to develop a positive attitude among students towards scientific research from the beginning of their professional life. KIRANA is a means to enhance social interaction, leadership, healthy recreation, self-discipline and self-confidence. Some good outcomes of education like the broadening of horizons, inculcation of values, learning to relate and deal with others, exercising participative leadership etc. are accrued through the forum activities.

In order to supplement classroom lectures, seminars and workshops are conducted to give the students an opportunity to think of broader issues in their subject and help them to integrate these insights into the total learning. Students are also actively involved in planning and implementation of seminars and workshops under the guidance of the faculty. Students also participate in social events organised by local or outside social agencies. Thus the forum moulds students to be socially sensitive by exposing them to some of the bitter realities of society. This concept of blended learning can give a better future to the students.

The Medical and Psychiatric Social Work specialisation has a Vibrant Forum called “Human Wellness Forum” where students conduct various activities like seminars, workshops, Guest Lectures, community programmes, etc. relevant to their specialisation. This is not only a means to gain a learning experience for the students as they also develop skills of planning, organising, coordinating and evaluation of their own activities.

These activities help them to integrate and apply theory in various health related fields. It also creates opportunities to organize preventive and promotive health related activities namely Life skills education programmes such as health & Hygiene, Stress Management skills in schools, awareness programmes on Dementia, Mental Health and other related areas.

In order to prepare the students to become effective counsellors they are also given exposure to participatory counselling skills programmes. During the annual study tours, students get exposed to different therapeutic interventions in the field of child and women welfare, Physical and Mental health areas etc. An annual seminar is also organised on relevant topics essential for professional practice. Students are also encouraged to take up small research studies in Medical and Psychiatric areas.

Today, Drug abuse is gaining momentum among the student community. Students are a young population attracted to the modern world and its temptations. Keeping this in view the Anti-Addiction cell was introduced by the MSW Department of St. Aloysius College, Mangalore as part of the decennial celebration of the department. This cell has been playing a positive role in preventing drug abuse and helps the youth to consider alternative habits other than drugs. The students organize preventive programmes for adolescents on Substance Abuse Prevention. They conduct participatory workshops for High School Students. The objective is to create awareness on addiction among adolescent students and to motivate and sensitize adolescents to take a firm decision to say “NO” to drugs and spread this message to others through participatory learning activities. The cell also collaborates with a de-addiction centre in conducting recreational and educational activities for the addicts and their family members.