Social Work at Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and Science (KCLAS) prepares students to be dynamic leaders in social administration and to be the change agents in the community. This program provides the learner multiple opportunities to understand the challenges and contributions for a professional social work practice
Community Development: This specialization prepares students for advanced organizational development and community practice in the urban, rural and tribal communities. Conceptually grounded in the social determinants of human rights framework, this specialization emphasizes a macro approach to advancing social justice. It prepares students to build communities that are physically, socially, economically and environmentally healthy. Students will gain the skills required to address structural inequities through organizational leadership, community practice, advocacy and policy reform.
Human Resource Management: This specialization focuses on maximizing employee performance to meet the employer’s strategic objectives. It involves concentration on policies and systems, recruitment, training and development, performance appraisal, managing payments and benefits, industrial relations, and also balancing of organizational practices.
Family and Child Welfare: This specialization emphasizes trauma-informed, strengths-based and family-centred practice and community-based services as contexts for helping graduates provide integrated services in the community. A unique feature of this specialization is its focus on the family, broadly defined to include extended and augmented family members in their communities. With an emphasis on culturally grounded services in the society, the curriculum equips students to work in a variety of settings.
Medical and Psychiatric Social Work: This specialization is designed to give students an understanding of various clients ranging from those with mild distress to those with severe mental health conditions including mood, anxiety, psychotic, personality disorders and substance use disorders. Throughout the course students are taught strengths-based and ecosystems approach to assessment and intervention with at-risk populations in a multi-cultural environment.
The field practicum is an integral part of the Social Work program and provides each student with the opportunity to apply concepts, principles and theories learned in the classroom to practice. The major focus in the field practicum is on the student’s acquisition of practice knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes in working within a social work setting. Students in the program engage in orientation visit, concurrent field work, summer internship and block placement.