Department of Social Work

Central University of Tamil Nadu

Field Work (Placement and Corporate relation) Unit

The Fieldwork (Placement and Corporate Relation) Unit comprising of the Fieldwork Director (Head of the Department) and Fieldwork Co Directors (Three Faculty members) are in charge of the fieldwork placement and job placement of the students. The placement unit arranges for the Observation visits as well as Concurrent & Block Placements of the Social work students.

Fieldwork Placement

Fieldwork is an integral component of the Master of Social Work (MSW) Programme. In Social Work, fieldwork means the on-field training process that the students undergo along with classroom teaching. In the first two semesters the social work placement is generic in nature and the students are placed in diverse social work settings so that they gain knowledge on different realms of social work practice. In the third and fourth semesters students are placed in agencies based on the specializations they choose to work. The students are placed in both Government and Non-Government agencies in the local to national level during the concurrent and block placement. Weekly field work conference with the concerned supervisors and Fieldwork presentations are part of the placement, done with the intention of continuous professional development.

Fieldwork Components

a) Skill labs/workshops: Need based skill labs/workshops are conducted for the students with the intention of professional skill development and capacity building in each semester.
b) Observation visits: Observation visits to agencies is mandatory and has the objective of providing exposure to the students on different social work settings.
c) Concurrent Fieldwork: The objective of the concurrent fieldwork is to provide the students with field experience along with theoretical orientation of social work intervention. The students go for fieldwork to different agencies two days (Thursday & Friday) per week.
d) Block Placement: Block placement based on specialization in different agency/field setting gives an opportunity for the students for professional development and also provides the students with a pre-employment experience
e) Research Project Work: Every student should submit a research project report on topics related to social work education, practice or areas of specialization under the supervision and guidance of a faculty of the department in the fourth semester and is a mandatory curricular activity.
f) Educational Rural Camp: Rural camp is a mandatory assignment in the Master of Social Work programme. It is a platform for the students to experience community life in a rural setting, for enabling the students to identify the needs and problems of the rural community and to build skills and capacities of the students in community organization.
g) Educational Tour: The purpose of the study tour is to expose the students to a wide range of organisations across specialisations in different parts of the country, in order to gain knowledge about new strategies and trends practiced in various organisations in relation to different issues.

Job Placement

The Placement Unit is in charge of the job placements of the students, the process of which starts during the MSW Programme itself. The Unit gives career orientation to the students, engages in developing and sharing Placement Brochures, networks with potential Government and Non-Government agencies for encouraging campus selection to ensure the placement of students in different social work sectors. The Unit also maintain continuous collaboration with the Department alumni who are working in different sectors for fieldwork placement as well as for identification of job opportunities.

Career Opportunities:

The services of social workers are required in many fields. Some of the social work career settings are | Individual and family service agencies | Government planning Departments | Advocacy organizations | Political offices | Human Resource Departments | Community mental health centres | Vocational Rehabilitation centres | Military correctional facilities | Universities | Corporation | Child welfare Organizations | Adoption agencies | Foster care agencies | Day Care Providers | Schools | Hospitals | Health Departments | Prisons | Counselling in various settings | Private Practices etc.,

Thrust areas in teaching and research:

Working with individuals and groups | Family and Child welfare | Working with Communities | Social Policy and Legislation | Counselling in various settings | Mental Health | Psychiatric Social Work Practice | Community Development – Focus on communities, Gender, Marginalisation,Environment and Development Projects. | Public Health | Health systems Management | Human Resource Management | Human Resource Development | Corporate Social Responsibility | Organizational Behaviour | Labour Welfare and Industrial Relations | Tribal Community Development | Rural Community Development | Urban Community Development | Social Welfare Administration | Environmental Social work | Gerontological Social work | Disaster Management | Women Empowerment | Skill and Competency Development | Social Entrepreneurship | ICT for Development | Persons with special needs etc.,

Student Activities
A. Social Work Students Association
B. Student Blog
C. Wall Magazine/Newsletter

Student Amenities
A. Hostel
B. Library
C. Computer Lab
D. Department Seminar Hall
E. Classroom