“You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical
than the society you grew up in.” -Eliezer Yudkowsky
Bachelor of Social Work is a professional undergraduate degree course which aims at providing quality education in the area of social work. It is a three-year course consisting of six semesters in most universities.
The mean course fee varies from INR 3,500 to INR 10,000 per annum for different colleges. It is higher in private colleges.
Candidates should have passed Class XII from a recognized board.
The knowledge of Social Work is the central theme in the areas like community development and social welfare. There is a lot of scope after graduating in this course and can get into diverse sectors of healthcare, social care, charity and voluntary work, to name a few.
Bachelor in Social Work offered in universities like Annamalai University is similar. One can either enroll in a regular college or opt for Correspondence/Distance Learning.
It is a three-year undergraduate course particularly beneficial to people employed at middle and lower levels with NGOs and social and developmental agencies in both government and private sector. It is available both in English and Hindi across the country. It is useful to candidates who may like to work in social welfare sectors as it helps them acquire professional skills and knowledge to help the clients to deal with their emotional and psychological problems.
The Bachelor’s Degree Program in BSW has three major components:
The curriculum provides social work education and training based on indigenous knowledge. It helps the learner to develop required attitudes in understanding people’s problem-solving interventions.
|Name of the course||Bachelors of Social Work (BSW)|
|Average course fee||INR 6,500/annum|
|Sectors of employments||health care, community development, social defence, social welfare sectors|
|Average entry level salary||INR 200,000/annum|
BSW is apt for the candidates interested in providing professional assistance to people in need. It is specially meant for the ones who are aiming at improving the quality of life of the poorest of the poor and understand the growing demand for professionally trained social workers across the country.
This course helps the learner acquire professional skills and develop capacity in helping people to solve various social and economic problems. Having good observation and evaluation skills along with some prior knowledge of prevailing social issues helps in gaining excellence in the subject.
The Eligibility Criteria for studying BSW are:
The admission is based on the cut-off lists issued by the university or college. The admission process is entirely merit-based. Some universities like Osmania University also conduct an Aptitude Test.
Direct admission through management quota is also available in universities such as Amity University. Government colleges do not have a management quota so direct admission is not available.
The candidates can get admission into the second and third year of BSW through lateral entry in colleges like Delhi Institute of Professional Studies. The criteria differ across the college.
There are a number of institutes offering this, though a large number of institutes provide the courses that are similar to this one.
|Institutes/Universities||City||Avg. Fees/ Annum|
|National Institute of Social Work and Social Sciences||Bhubaneswar||INR 8,000|
|Patna University||Patna||INR 8,000|
|Madras School of Social Work||Chennai||INR 30,000|
|Aligarh Muslim University||Aligarh||INR 6,650|
|Amity University||Noida, Lucknow||INR 40,000|
|Jamia Millia Islamia||Delhi||INR 9,000|
Universities like IGNOU and Annamalai University offer a distance learning course for this course. Age is no bar. Examinations are held online or at the examination centers provided by the institute.
Minimum Duration: 3 Years
Maximum Duration: 6 Years
The course comprises a total six semesters. The final semester involves completion of the project. A few universities like IGNOU and Annamalai University (in distance mode) follow an annual system wherein exams are conducted once a year.
|First Year||Second Year||Third Year|
|Introduction to Social Work||Basics & Emergence of Social Work||Current Issues in Community & Organization|
|Social Work Intervention with Communities||Psychology Concepts of Human Behaviour||Sexual Health Education|
|Social Work Intervention with Institution||Field Work||Role of NGOs|
|Introduction to Family Education||Science & Technology||Approaches in Social Work|
|Substance Abuse||Relevance of Psychology in Social Work||Factual Information of Substance Abuse, Relevance & Implications|
|Humanities & Social Science||Social Problems & Services||Developing Skills & Competencies for Intervention of Strategies|
|Introduction to HIV/AIDS||Basic Concepts of Social Psychology||Empowerment of Women|
|Counselling||Introduction to Social Case Work||Cognitive & Psychoanalytical Techniques|
|Methodology to Understand Social Reality||Contemporary Social Problems & Social Defense||Cultural & Social Values in Family Life|
Most of the colleges provide a set of electives to be chosen from. These electives can be of great help in the direction of specialization. List of both foundational courses and electives are given below:
|Humanities and Social Sciences||Offer the methodology to understand social reality and contribute towards analyzing the process of evolution and shaping the future course of human development.|
|Science and Technology||Includes the history of science from very ancient times to the modern period and describes the interaction between science and society – the way science has grown in particular socio-economic conditions. This course attempts to make you aware of what science is, how it has always been an integral part of human life and its immense potential in solving problems.|
|Introduction to Social Work||Basics and Emergence of Professional Social Work, Social System and Subsystem|
|Basics of Psychology for Social Workers||Relevance of Psychology in Social Work Practice, Basic Psychological Concepts in Human Behaviour, Defense Mechanism, Normality and Abnormality, Basic Concepts of Social Psychology|
|Social Work Intervention with Individuals and Groups||Introduction to Social Case Work, Basics, Fields and Practice of Social Case Work, Characteristics and Significance of Groups, Stages of the Development of Groups, Social Problems and Services, Contemporary Social Problems, Social Defense, Concepts and Type of Economic Systems, Human Development|
|Social Work Intervention with Communities and Institutions||Community Organization: History, Concept, and Principles, Method of Social Work, Current Issues in Community Organization, Role of Community Organizer in Different Settings, Social Welfare Administration: Concept, Nature and Scope, Approaches in Social Work Research, Sampling: Concept, Significance and Types, Methods and Tools of Data Collection, Introduction to Statistical Techniques in Social Work|
|Empowerment of Women||Situational Analysis of Women in India, Developing a Framework, Women’s Development Initiatives in Health, Women’s Development Initiatives in Education and Political System, Women’s Empowerment and Social Legislation|
|Sexual Health Education||Sex and Love, Understanding Man and Woman, Sexual Health Education: Concept and Objectives, Early Stages of Human Growth Biological, Social, Psychological and Developmental Aspects, Role of Home, School and Media, Male and Female Reproductive System and Functioning, Later Stages of Human Growth Biological, Social, Psychological and Developmental Aspects, Youth and their Concerns|
|Marriage, Partnership and Parenthood||Meaning and forms of Marriage; Choosing a Life Partner, Forms of Marriage, Moral, Cultural and Social Values in Family Life, Marital life and Role Expectations, Family Welfare, Indian Family in Transition, Family Planning Policies, Methods and Spacing between Live, Medical Termination of Pregnancy and Issues Associated with It, Special Issues in Married Life, Psycho-social, Effects of Divorce, Separation and Migration, Dowry Demands and Deaths, Legal Issues Involved in Marriage|
|Introduction To HIV/AIDS||History, Global and National Scenario, Disease Profile, Misconceptions, Transmission and Testing, Prevention and Control, Moral issues and Societal Influence on HIV Testing, Continuum of Care, Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Related International Legislations|
|Substance Abuse and Counselling||Factual Information on Substance Abuse, Relevance, Implications, Extent of Prevalence of Substance Abuse, Commonly used Drugs and Target Groups, Trafficking in India, Substance Abuse, Link between Alcohol, Drugs and STDs, The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol & Drug dependence, Empowering Through Education, Role of NGOs, National and International Bodies on Prevention and Control, Developing Skills and Competencies for Intervention Strategies|
|Basics of Counselling||Introduction to Counselling, Practical Issues, Supportive, Behavioural, Cognitive and Psychoanalytic Techniques and Processes Involved in Counselling|
There are a number of social service avenues, a BSW graduate can get into. Here is the list of professions one can practice upon completion of the course.
|Habilitation specialist||Group home worker||Teaching parent|
|Mental health assistant||Residential counsellor||Program coordinator|
|Activity director||Workshop director||Charity officer|
|Volunteer coordinator||Youth worker||Play therapist|
|Community development worker||Adult guidance worker||Advice worker|
Persons with professional training/ degree in Social Work generally work in socially-relevant areas such as health care, community development, education, industry, counselling, family, correction, social defense, women, children, disability etc.
|Job||Description||Average Annual Salary (INR)|
|Social Worker||Counselling of clients approaching them or their organization and following up these cases. Maintaining records/case histories. Coordinating with other NGOs, the legal aid board, hospitals etc. on their behalf as and when required.||3,16,000|
|Special Educator||Planning and organizing events related to social issues. Co-coordinating and facilitating committee meetings of the Public Affairs and Social Issues department. Engaging/networking with companies for jobs for their clients after training.||2,16,000|
|Project Manager||To head the skill training center and manage day-to-day operations of the center. Lead the fundraising initiatives and network with various stakeholders. Work on new initiatives including major donors, donation options, and regular giving. Contribute to the overall running of the charity as an active member of the management team||4,50,000|
|Habilitation Specialist||They provide support to disabled clients so that they can live independently. They design and execute rehabilitation programs, hiring and training staff, conducting client assessments, and creating personalized treatment plans.||7,50,000|
|Teacher||They teach students about the importance of social work and how to help people who are in need.||4,50,000|
Ques: What is meant by BSW?
Ans. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is most suited for entry-level positions in areas such as family services, child welfare, public health, and substance abuse. However, individuals interested in clinical social work often continue their education and obtain a Master of Social Work (MSW)
Ques. Is BSW good course?
Ans. A BSW is a good thing to get if you want to be a Social Worker. With an MSW you can teach at the Community College level, you can each BSW level course work at State colleges, and you can be an assistant instructor at most colleges and universities.
Ques. What kind of jobs can I get with BSW?
Ans. Caseworker, Family Service Worker, Habilitation Specialist, Mental Health Assistant, Residential Case Manager,Activity/Workshop Director are some of the jobs one can do after a BSW degree.