Department of
SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK






Syllabus for
Master of Philosophy (Social Work)
Academic Year  (2018)

 
1 Semester - 2018 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
RSW131 RESEARCH METHODS 8 6 100
2 Semester - 2018 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
RSW231 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS 3 4 50
RSW241A CHILD PROTECTION 4 4 50
RSW241C INCLUSIVE EDUCATION 4 2 50
3 Semester - 2017 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
RSW381 DISSERTATION 0 10 200
        

  

Assesment Pattern

CIA, End semester Exam and Dissertation 

Examination And Assesments

Evaluation Criteria 

Continuous Internal Assessment will be based on the paper

CIA – 1:                                                                                  – 10 Marks       

CIA – 2:                                                                                 – 10 Marks       

CIA -- 3:                                                                                 – 25 marks       

Attendance                                                                            -- 5 Marks         

End semester Examination                                                      50 Marks       

 

Dissertation will be evaluated in 200 marks which will be based on  internal as well as external evaluations and thesis presentation.

 

Department Overview:
The Department of Social Work at Christ University has been in pursuit of excellence in academic as well as professional training of aspiring social work professionals. The department strives to engage in service of the society through interventions at individual, family, group, institution and community levels involving various strategies such as case work, group work, community organization, campaigns, researches, educational programs, field services, camps training and publications. Value of learning through service is significantly inculcated in all the academic programmes. Inspired by the ever changing social situations and needs of people, the department is regularly initiating programmes that cater to the emerging needs of the society. Social work curriculum provides opportunities for the holistic development of the students. The course design has a balanced blend of classroom teaching with field experience. The department works in close alignment with the Centre for Social Action to sensitize students towards issues of social concern in the University campus.
Mission Statement:
Vision Excellence in Social Work education through service and research. Mission Fostering growth of social work professionals with global perspectives.
Introduction to Program:
Master of Philosophy ( Social Work) offered by Christ University is a research based program (research degree) which is meant to produce social work professionals in the most advanced and innovative social work research methods. Scholars will be equipped to take up careers in academics or research, and pursue doctoral programmes in Social Work. The program aims at providing scholars with opportunities to examine emerging specialties in the field of social work by employing scientific research methods. The intensive training as part of the M Phil programme will generate interest in evidence-based practice in social work. The M Phil Programme in Social work will be conducted based on a credit system of one year consisting of two semesters. The students have to submit the dissertation by the end of the second semester, after the completion of the course work. The programme covers a comprehensive package of training for research scholars which includes a solid grounding in research methods in general and in specific to social work research, writing articles for publications in peer reviewed journals, and communicating research findings to academic and other audiences. In addition, students are encouraged to focus on Individualized researches in specialized areas. Master of Philosophy (Social Work) strengthens scholars? understanding about the philosophical and theoretical approaches to Social Work practice. Research skills and knowledge are enhanced during the course.
Program Objective:
? To enhance research knowledge, qualities and skills ? To develop skills in academic, and research writings ? To enhance knowledge on integrated practice in Social Work

RSW131 - RESEARCH METHODS (2018 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:60
No of Lecture Hours/Week:8
Max Marks:100
Credits:6

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

This paper orients the students to the advanced methods of social work research.  They will learn about the philosophy of research and the ethical considerations of research.  The methodological aspects are taught in depth.  The student is also oriented to all of the aspects of academic writing.

Objectives

·         To orient the student to the philosophy of research

·         To provide in-depth knowledge of research methodology

·         To introduce student to all the aspects of academic writing

Learning Outcome

Student will be able to prepare a quantitative research proposal .  All dimensions of carrying out empirical research will be familiar to the student.  All the aspects of academic writing will be clear to the students.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:10
Meaning of research and scope of research
 

 

Methodology, Philosophy of research – ontological, epistemological and ethical considerations, Identification of problem area, Formulation of research questions.

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:10
Introduction to social work research
 

Definition, factors affecting research in social work. Elements of research, concepts, constructs, variables- relation and association. Hypotheses- testing. Research process in social work                                    

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:10
Research designs
 

Exploratory, descriptive designs.  Pre experimental, quasi experimental and Experimental designs. Participatory and action research. Evaluation research

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:10
Data collection and sampling
 

Types of data collection: Primary and secondary.  Interviews, questionnaires.  Steps in preparing research tools.  Issues of validation and reliability,

Sampling: Probability and Non probability samples.  Sample size.

Unit-5
Teaching Hours:10
Analyze and interpretation of data
 

Use of statistics in social work research, Parametric and Non parametric tests

Interpretation and analysis of statistical applications. Data scrutiny, tabulation and presentation of data

Unit-6
Teaching Hours:10
Academic Writing and Ethics
 

Introduction to Academic Writing, Structure of Academic Writing, Reading for Research, Academic Styles, Plagiarism, Publication, Online Resources

Text Books And Reference Books:

Alston and Bowles, 2003, Research for social workers, An introduction to methods, Rawat publications

B.N. Ghosh, 1992, Scientific method and social research, Sterling publishers,

Babbie and Rubin, 2000, Research methods for social work, Brooks and Cole publishing company.

D.K. Laldas 2000, Practise of social research. Rawat Publishers

D.K.Laldas, 2005, Designs for social research, Rawat publishers.

D’cruz and Jones, 2006, Social work research – Ethical and political contexts. Sage publishers,

Grosof  and Sardy, 1985,A Research primer for the Social and behavioral sciences, Academic Press Inc.

Laldas. Bhaskaran Ed, 2008, Research methods for social work,  Rawat Publishers,

Monette, Sullivan, Dejong , 1990, Applied social research- Tool for human services, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc

Norman A. Polansky (ed) 1975 Social work research – Methods for the helping professions, The University of Chicago Press.

Shaw and gould, 2001, Qualitative research in social work, Sage publishers.

 

Teresa Morris, 2006, Social work research methods, Four alternative paradigms, Sage publications 

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

Alston and Bowles (2003). Research for social workers, An introduction to methods, Rawat        publications

B.N. Ghosh( 1992). Scientific method and social research, Sterling publishers,

Babbie and Rubin( 2000). Research methods for social work, Brooks and Cole publishing company.

D.K. Laldas (2000), Practise of social research. Rawat Publishers

D.K.Laldas( 2005), Designs for social research, Rawat publishers.

D’cruz and Jones, (2006) Social work research – Ethical and political contexts. Sage publishers.

Grosof  and Sardy, (1985)A Research primer for the Social and behavioral sciences, Academic      Press Inc.

Laldas. Bhaskaran Ed, (2008) Research methods for social work,  Rawat Publishers,

Monette, Sullivan, Dejong , (1990) Applied social research- Tool for human services, Holt,             Rinehart and Winston, Inc

Norman A. Polansky (ed) 1975 Social work research – Methods for the helping professions, The University of Chicago Press.

Shaw and Gould, (2001) Qualitative research in social work, Sage publishers,

Teresa Morris, (2006) Social work research methods, Four alternative paradigms, Sage        publications

The sage dictionary of social science methods, Edited by Victor Jupp, Publishers 2006

Wilkinson and Bhandarkar, (1983) Methods and techniques of social research, ,Himalaya   Publishing house.

 

Willam, Unran, Grinell, (1998) Social work research,. F.E. Peacock publishers. 

 

Evaluation Pattern

CIA I, CIA II, CIA III

End semester Examination

RSW231 - QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (2018 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:45
No of Lecture Hours/Week:3
Max Marks:50
Credits:4

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

Qualitative research methodology helps social workers to understand a problem or change in a context. In-depth qualitative methodology helps to understand multiple factors and interaction of those factors and how such factors influence social problems. Current epistemological movement supports mixed methodology in research, in which the triangulation of findings from qualitative and quantitative studies is encouraged. This paper explores methods, process and techniques of qualitative research in social work. 

Learning Outcome

Student will be prepared to use qualitative research techniques for understanding social problems in context. Knowledge and skills on qualitative research will equip students to understand findings of qualitative studies and to gauge the benefits of research findings, published in peer reviewed journals. Application of this research methodology will strengthen evidence based practices of social work. Students’ ability in problem identification and program evaluation will improve through qualitative research where multiple perspectives are considered to understand a context. 

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:8
Qualitative research
 

Objectives, theories, principles, application in social work, types and process. Approaches: Ethnography,Phenomenology, Field Research, Grounded Theory 

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:8
Methods of qualitative research and applications in social work
 

Participant Observation, Direct Observation, Unstructured Interviewing and Case Studies  

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:8
Stages of qualitative research
 

Problem formulation, selecting methodology, data collection, triangulation, Concurrent analysis, conceptualization of findings and reporting.

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:14
Analysis and documenting methods
 

Philosophies, principles and techniques. Coding, theme selection, Memoing, Integrative diagrams and sessions, Use of software and Use of NVivo. Use of Audio recording, interview notes, video recording, posters, story writing, conceptual mapping for theory building and report 

 

Unit-5
Teaching Hours:7
Applications, challenges and opportunities in Qualitative research
 

Criteria for Judging Qualitative Research: Credibility, Transferability, Dependability and Confirmability. Criticism against qualitative research: Subjectivity Vs objectivity, Inductive vs deductive, Exploratory/ descriptive Vs experimental. Stories for social change

Text Books And Reference Books:

Bryman, A. (1999). Qualitative research. London [u.a.: SAGE.

Davies, M. (2007). Doing a successful research project: Using qualitative or quantitative methods. Basingstoke [England: Palgrave Macmillan.

Denzin, N. (2005). The SAGE handbook of qualitative research (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Glaser, B., & Strauss, A. (1967). The discovery of grounded theory: Strategies for qualitative research. Chicago: Aldine Pub.

 

Marshall, C., & Rossman, G. (1989). Designing qualitative research. Newbury Park, Calif.: Sage Publications.

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

Neuman, W. (2011). Social research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches (7. ed., international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Pearson.

Seale, C. (2004). Qualitative research practice. London: SAGE.

 

Tutty, L. (1996). Qualitative research for social workers: Phases, steps, & tasks. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Evaluation Pattern

Continuous Internal Assessment will be based on the paper

CIA – 1:                                                                                  – 10 Marks      

CIA – 2:                                                                                 – 10 Marks      

CIA -- 3:                                                                                  – 25 marks      

Attendance                                                                            -- 5 Marks        

End semester Examination                                                       50 Marks      

 

RSW241A - CHILD PROTECTION (2018 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:45
No of Lecture Hours/Week:4
Max Marks:50
Credits:4

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

This paper orients the students to theoretical foundation of social work research methods and research tool.  This course will help the scholar to prepare  discipline specific research design and structure. 

Objectives

·         To orient the student to theoretical frameworks and models related to the research problem

·         To provide in-depth knowledge of research methodology

 

·         To enhance the skills for  preparing  research proposal and  tool

Learning Outcome

All dimensions of carrying out empirical research will be familiar to the student.  Researcher will learn scientific aspects of research, prepare research proposal and research tool.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:10
Theoretical Framework
 

Theoretical frameworks and models related to the research problem.

Research questions

Scope of research

Implication to social work

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:10
Variables, Hypothesis
 

Dependent and independent variables- association and correlation.

Hypothesis formulation and testing.

Review of literature. 

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:15
Research Proposal
 

Preparation of research proposal

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:10
Research Tool
 

Preparation of research tool

Text Books And Reference Books:

Alston, M. & Bowles, W. (2003). Research for Social Workers. An introduction to methods. New Delhi: Rawat Publications.

Ghosh, B.N. (1992) Scientific Methods and Social Research, New Delhi: Sterling Publishers.

Rubin, A. and Babbie, E. (2000) Research Methods for Social Work, 2nd edition. Pacific Grove CA: Brooks and Cole Publishing Company.

Laldas, D.K. (2005). Designs for social research. Jaipur: Rawat publishers. 

Heather D'Cruz & Martyn Jones (2004). Social Work Research—Ethical and Political Contexts. London: Sage publishers.

Grosof, M. S. and Sardy, H. (1985). A Research Primer for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. New York: Academic Press, Inc.

Lal Das, D.K and Bhaskaran, V (eds.). (2008) Research methods for Social Work, New Delhi:Rawat publishers. 

Norman A. Polansky (ed) 1975 Social work research – Methods for the helping professions. Chicago:  The University of Chicago Press.

Shaw, Ian; Gould, Nick. (2001). Qualitative Research in Social Work. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications

Morris, T. (2006). Social Work Research Methods: Four Alternative Paradigms. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

Alston, M. & Bowles, W. (2003). Research for Social Workers. An introduction to methods. New Delhi: Rawat Publications.

GhoshB N (1992), Scientific Method and Social Research. NewDelhi: Sterling publishers. 

Rubin, A. and Babbie, E. (2000) Research Methods for Social Work, 2nd edition. Pacific Grove CA: Brooks and Cole Publishing Company.

Laldas, D.K. (2005). Designs for social research. Jaipur: Rawat publishers

Evaluation Pattern

3 CIAs of 10 marks and one CIA for 15 marks.

RSW241C - INCLUSIVE EDUCATION (2018 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:45
No of Lecture Hours/Week:4
Max Marks:50
Credits:2

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

This course  will give an overview of Inclusive education, research methods and the various tools of scientific research.  This course will help the scholar to prepare  discipline specific research design and structure. Researcher will learn to prepare proosal, tools and  presentation skills.

Objectives

·         To orient the student to theoretical frameworks and models related to the research problem

·         To provide in-depth knowledge of research methodology

·         To enhance the skills for  preparing  research proposal and  tool

Learning Outcome

All dimensions of carrying out empirical research will be familiar to the student.  Researcher will learn scientific aspects of research, prepare research proposal and research tool.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:10
Theoretical Framework
 

Theoretical framework amd Models related to the research problem. Research questions scope of research Imlication to Social Work.

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:10
Variables, Hypothesis and Review of Literature
 

Dependent and independent variables-Association and coorrelation, Hypotheis formulation, testing and review of literature.

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:15
Research proposal
 

Preparation of research proposal 

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:10
Research Tool
 

Preparation of Reseatch tool.

Text Books And Reference Books:

Alston and Bowles, 2003, Research for social workers, An introduction to methods, Rawat publications 

B.N. Ghosh, 1992, Scientific method and social research, Sterling publishers, 

D’cruz and Jones, 2006, Social work research – Ethical and political contexts. Sage publishers, 

Grosof  and Sardy, 1985,A Research primer for the Social and behavioral sciences, Academic Press Inc.

Laldas. Bhaskaran Ed, 2008, Research methods for social work,  Rawat Publishers, 

Norman A. Polansky (ed) 1975 Social work research – Methods for the helping professions, The University of Chicago Press.

Shaw and gould, 2001, Qualitative research in social work, Sage publishers.

Teresa Morris, 2006, Social work research methods, Four alternative paradigms, Sage publications 

 
Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

Babbie and Rubin, 2000, Research methods for social work, Brooks and Cole publishing company.

D.K.Laldas, 2005, Designs for social research, Rawat publishers. 

Evaluation Pattern

3 CIAs of 10 marks and one CIA for 15 marks.

RSW381 - DISSERTATION (2017 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:0
No of Lecture Hours/Week:0
Max Marks:200
Credits:10

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

Master of Philosophy (Social Work) offered by Christ University is a research based program (research degree) which is meant to produce professionals in the most advanced and innovative social work research methods. Students will be equipped to take up careers in academics or research, and pursue doctoral programmes in Social Work. The program aims at providing scholars with opportunities to examine emerging specialties in the field of social work by employing scientific research methods.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the course the students are expected to have-

1.      A clear understanding about the various processes involved in Social research, including conceptualizing, theorizing, writing etc.

2.      A clear idea about the significance of methodology, the different methods available and their practical application in Social research.

3.      Attained a level of articulation in terms of presenting ideas and arguments in a comprehensive manner.

4.      Attained a level of maturity to plan and design a research project and carry it successfully to the final stages in a time bound manner.

 5.      A clear idea about the significance of knowledge production and the excitement and difficulties involved in it.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:0
Dissertation
 

Introduction

Review of Literature

Research Methodology

Analysis and Interpretation

Discussion

Conclusion

Text Books And Reference Books:

NA

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

NA

Evaluation Pattern

Research Proposal    25

Pre-submission        25

Adjudication           100

Viva                           50