School: School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus
Centre: Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation
The poor and marginalised groups and communities face several struggles while interfacing with diverse actors for scarce and competitive resources. Further, with the advent of globalisation and more powerful market forces acting on them, they are at risk of being pushed further to the margins. Mainstream development approaches aimed at enhancing livelihoods or eradicating poverty often fails to recognise the daily struggles of poor people or the structural determinants of their deprivation. There is, thus, a tremendous need to work through social and political structures in developing alternative livelihood approaches.
The M.A Social Work in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship programme aims at strengthening theoretical understanding of the complexities and dynamics of poor people’s life worlds and livelihoods, and to innovate practices and institutions in enabling the poor and marginalised sections of the population to access improved livelihood opportunities and resources. Apart from critically examining present-day livelihood approaches, the programme strives towards innovating and incubating alternative models of livelihood promotion, ensuring resource access and resource justice for the poor and marginalised, social equity, empowerment and social value creation. A key strategy for the same is to equip students to work with vulnerable groups and marginalised communities to develop and strengthen their livelihoods through meaningful social enterprises, collectives, etc. The vision and mission of the Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation which offers this M.A programme is grounded in the understanding that livelihood promotion, social innovation and social entrepreneurship development takes place in the institutional context of co-production. This implies that social workers not only interface with volunteers, individuals and community groups, but also with policy makers, civil servants and corporates.
The programme aims to impart adequate knowledge, develop competent skills and provide students an exposure to appropriate attitudinal perspectives so as to prepare them to occupy positions in government programmes like the National Rural Livelihood Missions, NGOs, social enterprises, co-operatives, funding agencies, etc.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Core Social Work Courses
Elective Foundation Course (CBCS)
Open Elective Courses (CBCS)
Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses, and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.
History and Perspectives of Social Work
Social Work Practice with Individuals
Social Work Practice with Groups
Research Methods I
Introduction to Human Economy
Social Welfare Administration
Critical Perspectives on Social Work: Introduction to Social Theories
Research Methods II
Development, Marginalities and Sustainable Livelihoods
Livelihood Uncertainties, Vulnerability and Adaptation
Social Policy and Planning
Livelihood Innovation Lab – I
Project Planning Tools for Livelihoods Promotion
Participatory Livelihoods Assessment and Planning (PLAP): Methodologies and Tools for People Centred Innovation
Livelihood Impact Assessment and Evaluation
Disciplinary Elective Course (CBCS)
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