UGC NET Social work syllabus has been updated. There are 10 units and each unit covers the diverse topic and other aligning subjects of social work. Following are the highlights of updated UGC net social work syllabus
Unit I-Nature and Development of Social Work.
Unit II- Society, Human Behavior, and Communities.
Unit III- Social Work with Individuals and Groups.
Unit IV-Social Work with Communities and Social Action.
Unit V-Research in Social Work: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches.
Unit VI-Administration, Welfare, and Development Services.
Unit VII -Social Policy, Planning, and Social Development.
Unit VIII-Indian Constitution, Social Justice, Human Rights, and Social Work
Unit IX- Areas of Social Work Practice I.
Unit X-Areas of Social Work Practice II.
UNIT-1-Nature and Development of Social Work
Social Work: Definition, Scope, Principles, Nature, Goals, and Process
Historical Development: Development of Professional Social Work
across the world (U.K., U.S.A., and India)
Social Reform and Professional Social Work: Contribution of Social
Reformers in 19th and 20th Century in the development of Professional
Social Work in India.
Social Work as a Profession in India: Values, Competencies, and Code
of Ethics for Social Work Practitioners.
Theories: Theories for Social Work Practice. Changing Context of Social Work Practice: Emerging Perspectives,
Trends and Challenges of Social Work for Practice.
Social Work Practice in various settings:(Family, Child and Youth
welfare, Industry, Older Persons, Persons with Disabilities, Environment,
Women and Welfare, Healthcare, and Disaster Management.)
UNIT-II-Society, Human Behavior, and Communities
Sociological Concepts: Social Structure, Social Institutions, and Social
Groups, Socialization, Social Control, and Social Change.
Approaches to the study of Society: Functionalist, Conflict/Dialectical,
Structuralism and Post Modernism.
Social System and Stratification: Major Social Systems (Family and
Religion), Social Stratification: Marxist, Functionalist and Weberian
Human Behavior: Normal and Abnormal Behaviour Determinants and
Life span perspective of Human Development, Development Tasks and
Hazards during Pre Natal Period, Infancy, Babyhood, Childhood,
Puberty, Adolescence, and Adulthood.
Theories of Personality: Psycho-Analytic Theory of Personality,
Behavioral theories and Humanistic theories.
Social Psychology: Social Perception, Attitude formation, Change and
Measurement, Communication, and Theories of Collective Behavior
Type of Communities: Rural, Urban, Tribal and Virtual Communities, and various Vulnerable Groups/ sections viz. Women, Child, Aged,
Dalits etc; Caste and Class – Their Characteristics.
UNIT-III-Social Work with Individuals and Groups
Basic Social Case Work Concepts: Social Roles, Social Functioning,
Need Assessment, Adaptation, Social environment, Person-environment Fit, Principles, and Components.
Approaches to Social Case Work Practice: Diagnostic and
Functional Approach, Problem Solving, Task Centered, and Radical
Process and Techniques of Social Case Work: Phases of Case Work
Intervention, Techniques of Case Work Intervention, Principles of
Interviewing and Case Work Recording.
Social Group Work: Definition, Characteristics, Functions, and Group
Structure, Classification of Groups and making of Social Groups, Issues
of Identity, Diversity, and Marginalization.
Social Group Work Process and Group Dynamics: Principles,
Determinants, Indicators and Outcomes, Decision making and Problem
Solving Process, Theories of Leadership, Roles, and Responsibilities of
Group Development: Stages of Group Work, Techniques and Skills in
Group Work, Group Climate, Communication in Groups, Use of
Programme Media and Group Work Recording, Monitoring and
Practice Sites of Social Case Work and Social Group Work: Client
Groups and various settings (Children, Correctional, Health, Women,
Persons with Disabilities, Older Persons, Oppressed Groups, Religious
Minorities, Persons who are Gay & Lesbian and other Socially and
Economically Disadvantaged Groups)
UNIT-IV-Social Work with Communities and Social Action
Community Organization – Concept, Definition, Scope, and Historical
Perspective in India, UK, and the USA, The Role of Community-Based
Organizations, Human Capital & Social Capital.
Process of Community Organization: Steps in Community
Organization, Methods, Principles, Skills, Assumptions, Record
Maintenance, Involving NGOs in Community Organization.
Approaches in Community Organization Practice – Models,
Strategies, The role of community-based Organizations, Leadership
Development and Leaders, Building Partnerships, and coalitions.
Social Action and Social Movements: Concept, History, Social Action
as a Method of Social Work.
Models of Social Action: Conscientisation model of Paulo Freire, Role of
ideology, Saul Alinsky as a radical community organizer, Liberation
Social Movements: Origin, Nature, Types of Movements, Theories of
Movement and new Social Movements
Social Movements, Social Action and Social Change: Movement
Analysis: Ideology, Structure, Leadership, Process, and Outcomes,
Analysis of ideology and approach of (Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr.
and Frantz Fanon)
UNIT-V-Research in Social Work: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches.
Section A: Quantitative Research
Basics of Social Science Research: Meaning of Research, Social
Science and Social Work Research: Meaning, Nature, and Scope.
Steps in Social Science Research: Identifications and Formulations of
Research Problem, Literature Review, Objectives, and Hypothesis
Formulation, Research Design, Sample Design, Sources, Methods and
Tools of Data Collection, Processing, and Analysis of Data and Writing
Research Reports including Presentations and Styles of References,
Citing and Paraphrasing.
Basic Statistical concepts: Process of statistical Enquiry and dealing
with Descriptive and Inferential Statistical Methods, Parametric and Nonparametric Tests
Section B: Qualitative Research
Qualitative Research: Meaning, Basic tenets of Qualitative Research,
Difference between Quantitative and Qualitative Approach to Research in
Designing Qualitative Research: Steps, Methods of Qualitative
Research (Field study, Case Study, Focus Group Discussions, Narratives,
Observation and Theoretic Research)
Managing Qualitative Data: Procedures and Techniques of Analyzing
Qualitative Data and Report Writing.
Section C :
Mixed-Method Research: Components of Mixed Methods, Procedures
of Combing Quantitative and Qualitative research
UNIT-VI-Administration, Welfare and Development Services
Social Welfare Administration: Meaning, History, Principles, Nature
and Type of Organizations.
Types of Administration: Distinction between Social Welfare
Administration, Public Administration and Social Security
Registration of Welfare Agencies: Laws relating to Societies, Trust and
Non – Profit organizations, Challenges.
Structure of Social Welfare Administration: Service Providers,
Administrative structures (Government and Non - Government),
Organization and Management of Institutional Welfare Services.
Components of Administration: Planning, Coordination, Staff
Recruitment, Training and Development, Recording and Documentation,
Budgeting, Monitoring, and Evaluation, Networking, and Maintaining
Strategies and Mechanisms of administration: Role of Social Workers
in Decision Making Process, Communication, Role Description and
Functioning, Sustainability of Programmes.
Fundraising and Resource Mobilization: Grant-in-aid (Principles and
Procedures), Resource Mobilization, Financial Administration and Social
Marketing – Process and Models.
UNIT-VII-Social Policy, Planning and Social Development
Social Policy: Concept, Goals, Scope, Context, and Models of Social
Policy and applicability in the Indian context.
Historical Development: Evolution and Historical perspective of various
Policies, Implementation of Social Policies especially for Marginalized
and Vulnerable sections of society.
Process of Policy Formulation: Determinants and Steps, Approaches to
Social Policy formulation, Impact of changing Political Scenario in a
Social Planning; Concept, Objectives, Scope, Models, Interrelationship
between Social and Economic Planning, Social Planning in India.
Five Year Plans: Changes in Social Planning with Five Years Plans in
India, Social Planning, and Social Change, Factors leading to the development of planning in India. Roles and functions of Niti Aayog.
Social Development: Positive and Negative Dimensions of Social
Development; Concept, Models, and Theories, Historical and Social
Context of Development in India,
Sustainable Development: Concept, Strategies, Critical issues, Salient
Features of Social Development. Approaches to Social Development;
Similarities and Differences.Strategic Development Goals, Human
Development Index and Indicators for Policies and Programmes.
Indian Constitution, Social Justice, Human Rights, and Social Work Practice
Indian Constitution: Characteristics, Features, Preamble, Directive
Principles of State Policy and Articles.
Social Justice: Concept, Definition, Historical Development,
Dimensions, Manifestations and Social Justice as a Core Value of Social
Social Justice and Leadership: Community Building, Personal and
Community Empowerment, Social Justice and Technology, Promoting a
Plan and Vision for Change, Reflections and Connection, Social
Reconstructions, Paradigms, Policies, Privileges, Implications of Social
Justice for Policy Formulation.
An instrument of Social Justice: Constitutional Base and Indian Legal The system, Legal and Public Advocacy, Role of Civil Society as a Pressure
group, Statutory bodies.
History of Human Rights: Concept and Historical Context of Human
Rights, Human Rights Declarations, Treaties, and Conventions, Human
Rights and Protection Systems, Human Rights in the Indian Context.
Human Rights and Social Work: Code of Ethics of Social work and
Protection of Human Rights, Human Rights perspective in Social Work
Practice, Ethnic sensitive practice, Feminist Practice, Social Work with
Violation of Human Rights and Social work practice: Social Work
with the Victims of Human Rights Violations and Human Rights
Activism. Role of UNHCR, National Human Rights Commission and
International Human Rights Agencies.
UNIT-IX-Areas of Social Work Practice- I
Health Care Social Work Practice, Social Work with Older Persons and
Persons with Disabilities, Gender, Labour Welfare, Industrial Relations,
Personnel Management and Human Resource Management)
Medical Social Work and Psychiatric Social Work: Concept,
Evolution, Roles, Functions / Responsibilities of Medical Social
Workers and Psychiatric Social Workers.
Mental Health and Disease: Normal and abnormal behavior,
Epidemiology, Etiology, Types, Clinical Manifestation and
Management of Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Neurotic Disorders,
stress-related Disorders, Somatoform Disorders, Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Problems, Legislations related to Mental Health.
Theories of Aging and Vulnerability: Psychological and Sociological
Theories of Aging, Psychological, Social, Physical needs, and problems
of Older Persons. Rights of Older Persons against Neglect, Abuse,
Violence and Abandonment and Social Work Interventions.
Persons with Disabilities: Models of Disability, Disability Movement
– Historical Perspective, National and International Milestones from
Welfare to Right based Approach, Legislative Measures and Social
Gender and Development: Expressions of Gender Disparity in
Education, Health, Property, Employment, and Livelihood, Decision
Making, Feminization of Poverty and Manifestations of Gender-based
Violence. Constitutional & Legislative Safeguards and Social work
Labour Welfare & Human Resource Management (HRM):
Historical background of Industrial Development as a sub-system of
society, Concept of Labour Welfare, Nature, Objectives, Principles,
Theories, Principles of labor welfare, Labour Legislation, Human
Resource management: Concept, Scope, Evolution, Theories, Models,
Sub-systems, Human Resources Development (HRD) - Performance
Management System, Types, Six Sigma, ISO, Total Quality
Management, Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) - Concept, Issues,
Practices, Models, Components, Approaches, and Corporate
Personnel Management and Industrial Relations: Concept,
Definition, Objectives, Scope., Functions, Determinants and
Reflectors of Industrial Relations, Models of Industrial Relations,
Globalization and Industry, International Labour Organization(ILO)
Role, Functions; Collective Bargaining, Job Analysis, Manpower
Planning, Organization Behaviour, and Organization Development
UNIT-X-Areas of Social Work Practice II
Social Defence and Correctional Services, Social Work with Families
and Children, Environment and Social Work, Social Work, and Disaster
Social Defence: Concept, Philosophy, and Changing
Dimensions, Children in Need of Care and Protection, Juveniles
in Conflict with law, Street and Working Children and Young
Offenders, Probation, and Parole. Emerging issues in Social
Legislations and Criminal Justice System: Juvenile Justice
(Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, Immoral Traffic
prevention Act 1986, Probation of Offenders Act, 1958, Beggary
Prevention Act, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act
1986, the Prison Act, and the Criminal Justice System.
Social Work with Families: Functions, Developmental Stages
and Family patterns, Family Dynamics and Theoretical Models
of Family Functioning (Circumflex model, Mc Master Model
and Structural Model) and Social Work Interventions.
Child Development: Concept, Philosophy, and Historical
context, State of Children in India - Demographic Profile,
Education, and Protection.
Policies & Programmes for Children: Constitutional
Provisions, National Policy on Children, International
perspective and UN convention rights of children,
Programs and Legislative Measures related to Female
Feticide, Adoption, Foster Care, Guardianship and Child
Marriage and Social Work Interventions.
Environment and Social Work: Causes and Consequences,
Differential impact on Women, Poor, Marginalised Groups and
Indigenous Populations. The environment in the Human Rights
Perspective. Environmental Movements and social work interventions in the management, protection, and promotion of
Social Work and Disaster Management: Disaster-related
concept and Definitions: Hazard, Risk, Vulnerability and
Disaster, different forms of natural & manmade disasters. Impact
of Disaster and Disaster Management Initiatives, Pre and Post