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Mangaluru – 575013

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Dr. M.V Shetty Institute of Professional Sciences and Management, established in the year 1999, is the second college to start Social Work Education under Mangalore University. The College ensures excellence in professional education and instils high moral and professional standards to create quality human resources.

About Course

Bachelor of Social work is an undergraduate degree course which gives students the knowledge and skills to succeed in the social work field. Social Work is a dynamic profession and always endeavours to respond to fresh challenges. Located in the very depth of the socio-cultural milieu, its very existence depends on this response to a changing context. It addresses the concerns of society and develops young social work professionals with the best of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Students learn how to serve individuals, groups, families and communities with a focus on underserved or oppressed populations. This course is most suited for an entry-level position in areas such as family services, child welfare, public health and welfare agencies


Duration of the Programme :

4 years in8 semesters

Key Information

  • Duration

    3 Years

  • Course Type

    Bachelors Degree

  • Campus

    Main Campus

  • Semester


  • Course Type

    Full Time


Candidates who have passed BPT degree from institutions where the mode of study is full time program, with four years duration from this University or any other Universities in India or abroad as equivalent with not less than 50% of marks in aggregate and have completed 6 months of compulsory rotatory internship in Physiotherapy colleges recognized by RGUHS, Karnataka are eligible.

Programme Structure:

The format of the Social Work curriculum includes the following:

  • Core Course (CC) : Every semester consists of Core Course/s which is to be compulsorily studied by a student as a core requirement to complete the programme in social work discipline.
  • Generic Elective Course (GEC): A Generic Elective course focuses on those courses which add generic proficiency to the students. An elective may be 'Discipline' 'Centric' or an' Open Elective'. The latter may be chosen from an unrelated discipline and gives flexibility to the departments to select in the University.
  • Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course (AECC): In the CBCS scheme of this undergraduate programme, the students are mandatorily required to choose two subjects of their liking for additional knowledge and building their competencies outside their main subjects of study.
  • Skill Enhancement Course (SEC): The social work stream offers skill enhancement courses that help the students to enhance their knowledge and develop their skills for getting employment or for self-employment related to social welfare, development and allied areas. The two new papers in the LOCF curriculum are (i) Programme Media and its application, and (ii) Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Discipline Specific Elective (DSE): Students will have to opt for DSEs that will equip them with practical knowledge. These DSE courses are value addition to the students of social work in strengthening their knowledge and skills and in doing so be able to follow their interest. One DSE course is on writing of a dissertation in Semester Six and to give an experience of hands-on learn of the techniques and skills of research. The other three DSE courses (two in Semester V and One in Semester VI) give the student the choice to pick from a basket. These clusters are furthering their knowledge of streams of social work practice and therefore help them pursue their individual learning needs.
  • Field Work Practice (FWP): Concurrent field work placement aims at ongoing learning through integration of theoretical constructs into practice which provides an opportunity to develop intervention skills in real life situations. In structuring the field work, the essence of learning has been of making it incremental over the six semesters. The first semester has now a theory paper on field work which includes self awareness, ethics of practice, report writing, and skills and techniques. It is considered that a theory paper will develop a deeper understanding among the students about the importance of field work and make them ready for working in agency/community. The Semester 2 also has a different format with observation visits to different settings of Social Work practice. Programme media workshops will develop their skills for practice in settings in forthcoming semesters.
  • Rural Educational Camp (REC): The 8-10 day camp will acquaint the students with rural and tribal scenario and their socio-economic and cultural aspects of life. They will in this manner get familiarized with group dynamics and power structures in a rural community, learn rapport formation, situational analysis and awareness generation, and develop attitudes helpful for effective team work. The camp trains students in the art of organizing and managing activities and events relating to camp.
  • Dissertation: In Semester Six of the programme, the students will be required to work on a dissertation apart from their theory and fieldwork courses. The topic for the dissertation will be decided in consultation with the concerned faculty supervisor on any relevant and contemporary social issue or social problem. It will give them an opportunity to develop their research skills


A candidate shall be considered to have satisfied the requirement of attendance for a semester if he/she attends not less than 75% of the number of classes actually held upto the end of the semester in each of the courses. There shall be a minimum of 50% attendance requirement for the Extra and Co-curricular activities opted by the candidate.

Documents required for Admission

Following Original Certificates should be submitted at the time of Admission with one set of attested copy.

  • Aadhar Id(Xerox copy)
  • SSLC/10th Marks card
  • HSC/PUC/10+2 Marks card
  • Transfer certificate issued by the college last studied
  • Character/conduct certificate issued by the College last studied
  • Migration certificate issued by the University/Board other than Karnataka
  • Physical fitness/Medical certificate.
  • Pass port size photograph 10 Nos
  • For students from Nepal: Provisional Pass Certificate or Degree certificate issued by the University/Board, Nepalese citizenship certificate, Date of birth in Indian Almanac (A.D.) and Equivalence certificate
  • For students from other country: Pass port and student visa and date of birth in Indian Almanac.


he pedagogy for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Dr. M.V Shetty Institute of Professional Sciences and Management is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education that combines theoretical learning with practical experience. Here are some key aspects of our pedagogical approach:

  1. Interdisciplinary Learning: We believe that social work is a dynamic and interdisciplinary field. Our pedagogy encourages students to draw knowledge and insights from various disciplines, including sociology, psychology, law, and economics. This interdisciplinary approach equips students to address complex social issues effectively.

  2. Fieldwork and Practical Training: Practical experience is a cornerstone of social work education. Students are required to undergo fieldwork and internships in various social service agencies, organizations, and communities. This hands-on experience allows them to apply theoretical concepts to real-world situations, develop counseling and intervention skills, and understand the practical challenges of social work practice.

  3. Case Studies and Group Discussions: Case studies and group discussions are integral to our teaching methods. Through analyzing real-life cases and engaging in group discussions, students learn to assess situations, develop intervention strategies, and collaborate with colleagues. These activities enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

  4. Ethical and Values-Based Education: Social work is guided by a strong ethical framework. Our pedagogy emphasizes the importance of ethical practice and values such as social justice, empathy, and respect for diversity. Students engage in discussions and activities that help them internalize these values and apply them to their work.

  5. Research and Critical Analysis: Research skills are vital for evidence-based social work practice. We encourage students to engage in research projects, conduct surveys, and analyze data related to social issues. This cultivates their ability to critically assess information, make informed decisions, and contribute to the knowledge base of the profession.

  6. Guest Lectures and Seminars: We regularly organize guest lectures and seminars featuring experts and practitioners in the field of social work. These events provide students with exposure to contemporary issues, best practices, and diverse perspectives, enriching their learning experience.

  7. Continuous Assessment: Assessment is not limited to examinations but includes continuous evaluation of students’ performance through assignments, presentations, and practical assessments. This approach ensures that students are consistently engaged and motivated to excel in their studies.

Our pedagogical approach aims to produce socially aware and competent social work professionals who are prepared to address the multifaceted challenges of today’s society with empathy, knowledge, and skill.

Career Paths

  1. Family Services: Work with families to provide counseling, support, and resources to address various issues, including parenting, domestic violence, and substance abuse.
  2. Child Welfare: Advocate for the welfare of children in need, working with child protection agencies, foster care programs, and adoption services.
  3. Public Health: Collaborate with public health organizations to develop and implement community health programs, health education initiatives, and disease prevention strategies.
  4. Mental Health Services: Offer mental health support and counseling to individuals dealing with emotional and psychological challenges, often in clinical or outpatient settings.
  1. Rehabilitation Services: Assist individuals with disabilities in accessing necessary resources, therapies, and support to improve their quality of life and independence.
  2. Substance Abuse Counseling: Work in rehabilitation centers and addiction treatment facilities to help individuals overcome substance abuse and addiction issues.
  3. Community Development: Engage in community organizing, social advocacy, and grassroots initiatives to address social injustices and promote positive change in neighborhoods and communities.
  4. Policy Analysis and Advocacy: Advocate for social policies and reforms that address systemic issues, such as poverty, inequality, and human rights violations.

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