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NTA (UGC) NET Social Work Syllabus 2012

Code No. 10

Subject: Social Work


  • There will be two question papers, NTA (UGC) NET Social Work Paper II and Paper III.
  • Paper II will consist of 50 questions worth 2 mark each.
  • Paper III will consist of 75 questions worth 2 mark each.

NTA (UGC) NET Social Work Paper II & Paper III-A


  • Evolution of Social Work Profession-Impact of Social Reform Movements; Factors that influenced the emergence of method approach in Social Work Practice; Social Work profession and Human Rights.
  • Philosophy and Principles of Social Work and their application.
  • System Approach to Social Work Practice; Role of Social Work in the Remedial, Preventive and Developmental Models.
  • Definition, Relevance and Scope of Integrated Approach to Social Work Practice, Skills and Techniques.
  • Social Work Education-Content, Training, Supervision, Problems and Challenges.


  • Meaning and Characteristics of Society, Community, Social Group and Social Institution; Social Structure and Social Stratification: Theories of Social Change and Social Disorganisation.
  • Tribal, Rural and Urban Communities, Weaker and Vulnerable Sections and Minority Groups.
  • Population, Poverty, Unemployment, Under developments; Problems of Developing Economies and Consequences of New Economic Policy.
  • Concept of Welfare State, Indian Constitution-Features, Problems, Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles and Planning in India-Five-Year Plans.
  • Concept and Causative Factors of Indian Social Problems-Analysis. Intervention in Social Problems-Government and Voluntary Efforts at Micro and Macro-levels.
  • Role of the Social Workers in identifying social problems and development of appropriate strategies.


  • Human Behaviour, Human Needs, Human Motivation and Problems of Human Behaviour and Coping Mechanisms.
  • Human Growth and Development in the Lifespan of Individual. Learning, Socialisation and Theories of Personality.


  • Case Work-Concept, Objectives and Principles.
  • Social Case Work Process-Intake, Study, Social Diagnosis, Treatment, Termination and Evaluation.
  • Approaches in Case Work-Psychoanalytical, Psycho-Social, Problem Solving, Behaviour Modification, Crisis Intervention, Eclectic Approach.
  • Techniques and skills in Social Case Work.
  • Interviews, Home visit, Resource Mobilisation, Referral, Environmental Modification, Case Work Relationship, Communication, Types of Recordings in Case Work.
  • Role of Social Case Worker in Various Settings.


  • Concept of Group Work-Assumptions, Definition and Goals of Group Work.
  • Principles, Skills and Values of Social Group Work.
  • Stages of Group Development and Use of Programs for Group Development: Orientation Stage, Working Stage, Termination Stage, Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.
  • Study of Group Process-Group Dynamics, Member՚s behaviour, Leadership and Role of the Worker in Various Settings.
  • Approaches and Models in Group Work Practice-Therapeutic/Social Treatment. Development Group and Task-oriented Group.


  • Concept, Principles and Objectives of Community Organisation.
  • Approaches in Community Organisation-Models, Strategies and Role of Social Worker in each of the Approaches.
  • Community Development and Community Organisation.
  • Social Action in Community Organisation-Concept, Purpose and Techniques.
  • Community Organisation as a Para-Political Process-Networking, Conscientisation, Planning and Organising, Roles and Strategies of Social movements-Types and Role of NGOs.


  • Definition, Nature, Scope and Purposes of Social Work Research. Research Designs, Types and Methods.
  • Steps in Social Work Research-Problem Formulation, Operationalisation of Variables, Sampling, Tools and Techniques of Data Collection, Data Analysis and Report Writing.
  • Role and Responsibilities of the Researcher.
  • Statistics-its use and limitation in Social Work Research (measures of central tendency, chi-square test, t-test, correlation) .


  • Social Policy-Concept and Scope, Distinction between Social and Economic Policies, Place of Ideology and Values.
  • Evolution of Social Policy in India; Review of Major Policies and Programs, viz. Education, Health, Shelter, Environment, Social Security, Employment, Family, Child, Women and Youth Welfare, Welfare of the Weaker Sections, Elderly and Disabled.
  • Characteristics of Social Welfare Organisations-Size, Nature, Design, Legal Status, Rules and Procedure and Overall Policy.
  • Management of Social Welfare Organisations (Government and Voluntary) -Home Relation. Financial relation and Physical Relation.
  • Program and Project Management Identifying Overall and Specific Needs, Project Formulations, Monitoring and Evaluation, Recording and Accountability.


  • Concept of Social Justice-Its relationship with Social Legislation; Civil Rights; Human Rights; and Issues of Social Justice.
  • Legislations pertaining to Women and Children.
  • Legislations pertaining to Social Defence, Social Security and Social Assistance.
  • Legislations pertaining to people with Disability, the Underprivileged and Health related Legislations.
  • Role of Social Worker in promoting Social Legislation and Social Justice.


  • Social Development-Meaning, Concept and Indicators.
  • Approaches and Strategies-Growth and Equity, Minimum Needs, Quality of Life.
  • Global Efforts for Human Development, Concept of Sustainable Development.
  • Social Work and Social Development.
  • Problems of Social Development in India.

NTA (UGC) NET Social Work Paper III-B Elective or Optional


  • Labour Welfare and Human Resource Management-Concept, Principles and Approaches.
  • Problems concerning Industrial Labour in India-Absenteeism, Migratory Character, Indebtedness and Exploitation.
  • Concept of Collective Bargaining, Workers ′ Participation in Management, and HRD Sub-Systems.
  • Legislations-Factories act, 1948 and other Legislations relating to Trade Union, Industrial Disputes, Employees State Insurance, Wages, Gratuity, P. F. Bonus, Plantation, Mines and Others.
  • Role of Welfare Officer-Use of Social Work Knowledge and Skills.


  • Evolution of Social Work Practice in the field of Medical and Psychiatric Social Work in India, Emerging Trends and Scope.
  • Health/Mental Health Care System-Policies, Programs, Analysis of existing Health Policies, Major Health Concerns of Disadvantaged Groups.
  • Social and Psychological Factors and Physical and Mental Disorders.
  • Role of Social Work in Health Care Delivery System and in Institutions for the Disabled.
  • Social Work Practice in Hospitals, Specialized Medical and Mental Health Institutions. Child Guidance Clinics, Stress and Crisis Intervention Centres.


  • Concept, Goals, Process and Models of Community Development.
  • Needs and Problems Related to Urban, Rural and Tribal Development.
  • Institution of Panchayati Raj-Philosophy, Role and Functions.
  • Government Programs and Service for the Development of Tribals, Schedule Castes, Women and Children in Urban, Rural and Tribal Areas.
  • Role of NGO՚s in Urban, Rural, Tribal Development.


  • Changes in Demographical and Social Situations of Families, Women, Youth, Aged and Children in India.
  • Problems of Families, Women, Youth, Aged and Children in India. Social Legislation for Families, Women and Children.
  • Policies, Programs and Services for Families, Women, Youth, Aged and Children-Government, NGO, National and International levels.
  • Social Work Intervention with Families, Children, Women, Elderly and People with Special needs.


  • Concepts of Crime and Deviance-Theories of Causation.
  • Objectives, Forms and Justification of Punishment; Limitations of Punishment.
  • Correctional Services-Nature and Evolution, Adult and Juvenile Correctional Programs, Institutional and Community Based Treatment, Legal Provisions, Intervention Programs for Victims of Violence, Neglect and Abuse.
  • Juvenile Delinquency-Nature and Causes, Juvenile Justice Law and Organisation.
  • Role of Social Worker in Correctional Settings.

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