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M.A. Social Work in Rural Development

Description of Programme :

The M.A. Social Work in Rural Development programme has been designed to meet the needs for trained social work professionals in designing and managing rural development programmes and to cater to the increasing demand for development professionals with advanced social work skills. The language of instruction is English. Students found to be weak in the language will have to compulsorily attend English classes on campus. The graduates of this Master’s programme will, therefore, command greater acceptance and recognition by organisations of national and international repute. The Tuljapur Campus of TISS offers an excellent environment for learning and practice of rural development through its innovative academic curriculum and opportunity to interact with field practitioners and social activists in the region. A strong, multidisciplinary faculty drawn from social work, philosophy, sociology, economics, agriculture, etc. teach this programme.

TISS students are highly valued in governmental and non-governmental organisations and agencies for their sound professional skills and rigorous field-based training. The M.A. Social Work in Rural Development postgraduates command excellent job opportunities with such organisations.

Eligibility :

a)  Programme require completion of Bachelor's Degree of minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent ( under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study orany other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from arecognised university, in any discipline.

b)  Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 14, 2014 are also eligible to apply to all the programme. 

In case of (b), admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. In case the examination process for the final year is not over before June 14, 2014, the provisional admission    
stands cancelled. If a provisionally admitted student fails in the final year examination, the offer of provisional admission automatically stands cancelled. 

Curriculum Framework :


SEMESTER I (19 credits)


FC 1 : Understanding Indian Society (2)

FC 2 : Introduction to Political Economy (2)

FC 4 : Professional Social Work History and Ideologiesdia’s  (2)

FC 5 : India's Development Experienceocial (2)

CC 2 : Philosophy of Social Science Research (2)

CC 1 : Social Work Methods : Working with Individuals, Groups Communities (2)

CC 4 : Concept, History and Theories of Development (2)

FIELD WORK   ( 5 )

SEMESTER II (19 credits)


FC 3 : State Democracy and Polity (2)

FC 6 : Social Aspects of Poverty and Theories of Justice (2)

FC 7 : Social Movements and Rural Transformation (2)

FC 8 : Decentralized Rural Development (2)

CC 3 : Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods(2)

CC 7 : Advanced Social Work Skills and Tools for Rural Development (2)

CC 19 : Introduction to Women and Society (2)


SEMESTER III ( 19 Credits)


CC 5 : Social Policy Analysis ( 2)

CC 8 : Environment, Climate Change and Development (2)

CC 9 : Farm Non-Farm Linkages and Livelihood Issues (2)

CC 10 : Modes of Natural Resources Use and Sustainable  Rural Development (2)

CC 17 : Development Organization and Management (2)

CC 18 : Rural Development Projects: Policy , Planning and Management (2)

CC 15 : Financial Inclusion and Microfinance (2)


SEMESTER IV (15 Credits)


CC 11 : Food Security , Right to Food and Rural Livelihoodst (2)

CC 13 : Rural /Agro –Based Industries and Rural Marketing (2)

CC 14 : Models of Rural Entrepreneurship( 2)

CC 12 : Technology and Development (2)

EC - Elective Courses (A student can choose any one out of three elective from the list )

EC 1 : Advanced Dalit and Tribal Social Work Practice Skills (2) 

EC 2 : Development Communication (2)

EC 3 : Disaster Management (2)

Research Dissertation and Viva-vice (4+1) (5)

EC 12 : Internship (NC)

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