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Semester I – G 4 – Social Work :History and Ideologies

Semester III – G 9 – Personal & Professional Development for Social Work Practice

Semester IV – URCD 6 – Advocacy, Human Rights and Social Justice

Human Rights (Certificate Programme)

GC: Generic Compulsory & Core Domain Course

G-4 History and Ideologies of Social Work

 Learner’s Objective

  1. To understand the conceptual clarity about social work and other related terms.
  2. Develop knowledge of history, philosophy, ideologies of social change and development of Social work in India and abroad.
  3. To understand the perspectives and trends of social work practice in India.
  4. Develop understanding about the influence of various social movements in contributing to the perspectives of social work practice in India.
  • To understand domains in social work education in India.

Unit 1: Understanding the Concepts

  1. Social Work, social welfare, social services, social reform and social development.
  2. Charity and philanthropy, changing concepts and practices of social work during different stages of development of society,
  • Nature of social problems and social provisions in these societies.
  • Social service traditions in Indian culture.
  • Approach to person in need. Role of the institutions, like joint family, caste groups and Panchayats in meeting human needs.

Unit 2: Introduction to Social Work

  1. Concept, meaning and definition of social work;
  2. The goals, values, principles, functions, methods and process of social work practice;
  3. Interface between voluntary and professional social work;
  4. Personal attributes of a social worker;
  5. Objectives and scope of social work in India

Unit 3: Historical Development of Social Work in UK, US and India

  1. Development of social work in U.K., U.S.A., India and other South East Asian Countries (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal).
  • Influence of social thinkers and social scientists in the development of social work.
  • Saint reformers, their message and impact.
  • Social reform movement in the 19th century, contributions of major social reformers, social versus political reform.
  • Concept of Sarvodaya, Sarvodaya Movement under Gandhi; Vinobha and J.P. Gandhian social work and professional social work. Ambedkar and Dalit Movement.

Unit 4: Social Work as a Profession

  1. Professional Social Work: Attributes and present status in India
  2. Role of Social Worker: challenges and prospects.
  3. Development of Professional Social Work Education in India- issues and challenges.
  4. International Social Work: Global issues and challenges

Unit 5: Philosophical foundations of social work-Perspectives, Ideologies of social change and social Work Practice

  1. Organized Charity, Clinical Social Work, Ecological Social Work
  • Generalist& Integrated Social Work Approach
  • Social System Theory, Feminist, Role theory, Communication theory, Strengths based Practice, Human Rights perspectives and approach
  • Contemporary ideologies: Neo-liberalism, Post-modernism, Feminism, Resurgence of Civil Society, Multiculturalism, Sustainable and People Centered Development, Action Groups (Ideology of Paulo Freire) and New Social Movements, NGO’s and CBO’s,
  • Emerging ideologies, perspectives and trends of social work practice

Unit 6: Social Work Intervention and Practice

  1. Social Work Intervention: Meaning, purpose and methods of intervention
  2. Major Approaches to Social Work Practice
  3. Levels of Social Work Practice: Micro, Macro & Mezzo Level social work practice and Interventions

GC: Generic-Compulsory Course

G – 9 Personal & Professional Development for Social Work Practice

Learner Objectives:

  • Understanding the process of self-awareness and its relevance for personal and professional development
  • Develop practice based skills, life skills and competencies for professional practice
  • Understand and uphold professional values and ethics

Self and Self Awareness

Unit – 1. Meaning and Influences

  1. Significance of understanding self
  2. Meaning of self : self concept, self esteem, self image and self acceptance
  3. Reactions to various life situations :-Achievements, frustration, failures, crisis
  4. Understanding one’s own emotions and behaviour
  5. Factors affecting self : values and attitudes; experiences

Unit – 2. Techniques of understanding self: ( Intra and interpersonal)

  1. Transactional Analysis
  2. SWOT analysis
  3. Jo-Hari window
  4. Mirror reflection techniques

Unit – 3. Self Development

  1. Concept and need
  2. Difference between real self and ideal self.
  3. Self as “being” and “becoming”
  4. Setting goals for self development
  5. Six thinking Hats techniques
  6. Achievement orientation and striving behaviour

Unit – 4. Attributes of the Professional Personality


  1. Qualities & traits : Ethical values and decision making; Appropriate Professional Habits; Self control and professional behaviour; Multi tasking abilities
  2. Attitudes: Honesty and Integrity; sense of responsibility and commitment; punctuality; acceptance of self and others; sensitivity and respect; lifelong learning
  3. Knowledge & Skills: Professional knowledge relevant to practice; Creativity; Effective communication; planning, priority setting and time management;

Unit – 5 Development of the Professional Self

  1. Distinguishing the personal and the professional self
  2. Understanding and internalization of professional values and value conflicts
  3. Professional ethics and ethical practices
  4. Stress and Burnout in Professional Practice: Causes and impact of stress; Stress management, Techniques for coping with stress and preventing burnout

URCD- 6 Advocacy, Human Rights and Social Justice

(Compulsory Elective Optional & Common Subject for URCD and TD)

Learner Objectives:

  1. Develop a conceptual understanding about Human Rights, Advocacy and Social Justice and their relevance in the current context.
  2. Be informed about the international and national mechanisms and instruments to protect human rights and deliver justice.
  3. Understand the work of social movements and other civil society initiatives in advocating human rights and social justice
  4. Develop perspectives for intervention using justice and rights framework

Unit -1: Understanding Concepts

  1. Meaning of Human Rights, Human Rights abuse, Social Justice and Advocacy
  2. Types of Human Rights Violations
  3. Marginalization and Inequality as factors in Discrimination and Violations – the issues of power and subordination

Pedagogy: Lecture, Case study Analysis and Discussion

Unit -2: Mechanisms for protection of human rights

International instruments and institutions

– UN Declaration of Human Rights

– International Court of Justice


– Convention against Racial Discrimination

– The UNHRC and Process of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and Special Rapporteur System

Unit -3. Human rights protection and social justice in India

– The Constitution and Fundamental Rights

– The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993

– Structure and Functions of Human Rights Commission – National and State level Human Rights Commissions/Committees and other bodies (for women, children, SCs, STs, PwDs, etc.)

– India’s record in Human Rights : The State, Social Justice and Human Rights

Pedagogy: Lecture, reading assignments use of Films and clippings with discussion

Unit -4: Social Movements and Civil Society Initiatives

  1. Social Action and Advocacy in Human Rights Violations
  2. The role of civil society groups/movements and media
  3. Social Movements and Rights Forums – PUCL, CPDR, PUDR, Dalit groups, Tribal Rights and Environment Movements
  4. Citizen Response and Challenges in Mass Mobilization

Pedagogy: Interactions with activists; Case material based analytical discussion

Unit- 5: Social Work Response in Human Rights and Social Justice

  1. Professional Response – Need and Critique
  2. Developing perspectives and skills for human rights intervention and the role of training
  3. Professional engagement in civil society responses – fact finding committees, public hearings mass actions
  4. Advocacy through media engagement

Pedagogy: Discussion based lectures; engagement in campaigns followed by seminar presentations

Human Rights Certificate Course

The syllabus

Course I

Introduction to Human Rights and Duties

Credit: 1

I) Basic Concept

a) Human Values- Dignity , Liberty, Equality , Justice, Unity in Diversity, Ethics and Morals

b) Meaning and significance of Human Rights Education

II) Perspectives of Rights and Duties

a) Rights: Inherent-Inalienable-Universal- Individual and Groups

b) Nature and concept of Duties

c) Interrelationship of Rights and Duties

III) Introduction to Terminology of Various Legal Instruments

a) Meaning of Legal Instrument- Binding Nature

b) Types of Instruments: Covenant-Charter-Declaration-Treaty-Convention-Protocol-Executive Orders and Statutes

IV) United Nations And Human Rights

a) Brief History of Human Rights- International and National Perspectives

b) Provision of the charters of United Nations

c) Universal Declaration of Human Rights- Significance-Preamble

d) Civil and Political Rights-(Art. 1-21)

e) Economic, Social and Cultural Rights-(Art.22-28)

f) Duties and Limitations-(Art. 29)

g) Final Provision (Art. 30)

Course II

Human rights of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Credit: 1

I) General Introduction

a) Meaning and Concept of Vulnerable and Disadvantaged

b) Groups, Customary, Socio-Economic and Cultural Problems of

c) Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Groups

II) Social status of women and children in International and national perspective

a) Human Rights and Women’s Rights –International and National Standards

b) Human Rights of Children-International and National Standards

III) Status of Social and Economically Disadvantaged people

a) Status of Indigenous People and the Role of the UN

b) Status of SC/ST and Other Indigenous People in the Indian Scenario

c) Human Rights of Aged and Disabled

d) The Minorities and Human Rights

IV) Human rights of vulnerable groups

a) Stateless Persons

b) Sex Workers

c) Migrant Workers

d) HIV/AIDS Victims

Course III

Human Rights and Duties in India: Law, Policy, Society and Enforcement


Credit: 1

Human Rights in Indian Context

a) Indian Bill of Rights And Sarvodaya

b) Preamble- Fundamental Rights- Directive Principles-Fundamental Duties

Human Rights- Enforcement Mechanism

a) Human Rights Act, 1993

b) Judicial Organs- Supreme Court (Art 32) And High Courts(Art 226)

c) Human Rights Commission- National and State of Maharashtra

d) Commission of Women, children , Minority, SC/ST

e) Survey of International Mechanism

III. Human Rights Violations and Indian Polity

a) Inequalities in society-population-illiteracy-poverty-caster-inaccessibility of legal redress

b) Abuse of Executive Power-Corruption-Nepotism and favoritism

c) Human Rights and Good Governance

Role of Advocacy Groups

a) Professional Bodies: Press, Media, Role of Lawyers-Legal Aid

b) Educational Institutions

c) Role of Corporate Sector

d) NGO’s