School: School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus
Centre: Centre for Disability Studies and Action
The focus among professionals in the field of disability rehabilitation today is on the rights of persons with disability, equalisation of opportunities and their integration into mainstream society. It has been formally recognised that people with disabilities are people who have the same economic, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, social and political needs that other people have. Though we have come a long way, we still have far to go in ensuring an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for persons with disabilities. In India, persons with disability are still oppressed and marginalised, and denied the opportunity to lead a reasonable quality of life because of society’s persistent stereotypical and prejudiced perceptions of them as inferior, incapable and inadequate; a drain on family resources; and costly for society to maintain.
The M.A. Social Work in Disability Studies and Action enables students to understand and conceptualise disability as socially constructed and find explanations for disablement within the context of a person’s life, rather than within the individuals themselves. Rehabilitation conducted within a comprehensive social framework is not only about the removal of barriers at the individual level, but also, about the removal of physical and attitudinal barriers in society at large. It includes not only engaging with persons with disability, but also engaging with the community and other systems of society for creating more enabling and inclusive environments so that their complete integration into mainstream society is possible.
The M.A. Social Work in Disability Studies and Action is being offered to create a cadre of professional social workers, with competency in empowering people with disability and all other stakeholders with regard to this issue. At the end of this programme students will be trained to work as rehabilitation social workers with persons with disability in varied contexts.
The programme provides immense wide-ranging career opportunities for students with diverse interests. Students can choose to work in government sectors, National government programmes, and flagship schemes like NREGA, NRHM, and ICDS. This programme also equips students to work in different capacities in diverse settings including government institutions, non-government organisations, hospitals and research-based organisations.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Core Social Work Courses
Elective Foundation Course (CBCS)
Open Elective Courses (CBCS)
History and Perspectives of Social Work
Social Work Practice with Individuals
Social Work Practice with Groups
Research Methods I
Theoretical Perspectives and their Application to Disbility Rehabilitation Social Work
Social Welfare Administration
Critical Perspectives on Social Work: Introduction to Social Theories
Research Methods II
Persons with Disability and their Rehabilitation Contexts
Social Policy and Planning
Counselling in Disability Context: Individuals, Groups and Families
The Gender Dimensions of Disability
Community Interventions in the Rural Context
Building Disability Awareness for Action
Disciplinary Elective Course (CBCS)
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