Distance MSW Syllabus and Subjects

Duration: 2 Years
Avg Fees: ₹8K - 14K PA
Kripal Thapa
Kripal Thapa

Updated on - Jan 4, 2023

Master of Social Work syllabus consists of professional social work practices in Community, Hospitals, Schools, and other fields of Social Services. The Master of Social Work Education syllabus has been divided into four semesters. Subjects in Distance MSW are History and Philosophy of Social Work, Human Growth and Development, Visual Culture, etc.

Semester Wise Distance MSW Syllabus

The syllabus of Distance MSW is divided into two years. The Distance MSW course provides a piece of in-depth knowledge about the work put into the development of humanity and social welfare. The Distance MSW course subjects taught in the course are given in the table below:

Distance MSW First Year Syllabus

Semester I

Semester II

History and Philosophy of Social Work

Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy

Social Problem and Social Development

Rehabilitation and Resettlement

Social Work Research and Quantitative Analysis

Social Work Methods

Human Growth and Development

Visual Culture

Social Work Practical-I (Structured Experience Laboratory and Research Methodology Practical)

Social Work Practical-III (Concurrent fieldwork – Community Placement)

Social Work Practical-II (Skill Development Assessment)

Social Work Practical-IV (Learning Social Work through Participatory Approach)

IT in Social Sector

Community Intervention and Entrepreneurship Development


Distance MSW Second Year Syllabus

Semester III

Semester IV

Ideology and Ethics of Social Work

Social Work Administration

Social Legislation and labor Welfare

Corporate Social Responsibility

Vulnerable Children and their Development

Tribal Anthropology and Social Work



Social Work Practical-V (Concurrent fieldwork – Agency Placement)

Fundamental of Medical Social Work

Social Work Practicum-VI (Micro Level Study on Social Exclusion)

Block Field Work Placement

Distance MSW Subjects

The course mainly focuses on fieldwork and equips the candidates with relevant skills to help others in need. The syllabus for Distance MSW included both core and elective subjects. The Master of Social Work Education subjects are Human Growth and Development, Ideology and Ethics of Social Work, Poverty Reduction, Micro Finance and Micro Enterprises, etc.

The subjects that are included in the curriculum of the course is listed below:

  • Social Work Profession
  • Social Group Work
  • Social Case Work
  • Community Organisation
  • Concurrent Field Work including Social Work Camp
  • Concurrent Field Work including Study Tour

Distance MSW Course Structure

Distance MSW course structure includes both core and elective subjects and is composed of two years divided into four semesters. Distance MSW course structure is made in such a way that both classroom training and fieldwork are included in the course curriculum.

The course structure is given below:

  • IV Semesters
  • Core Subjects
  • Elective Subjects
  • Practicals
  • Projects

Distance MSW Teaching Methodology and Techniques

The course curriculum takes into account different teaching methods. Classroom learning includes fieldwork training sessions. Fieldwork provides exposure to social realities and necessary work environments that you will go through in your professional career. It also teaches how to impart theoretical knowledge in different sensitive cultural scenarios.

Listed below are the teaching methodology and strategies in general:

  • Conceptualized Learning
  • Traditional Classroom-Based Teaching
  • Practicals
  • Group Discussions
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies

Distance MSW Projects

Projects are given to students to understand the concepts and help students in getting hands-on experience. Projects are to be completed by the end of fourth semester. Some popular Distance MSW projects topics are:

  • A Study to Assess the Role of Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) in Educating and Empowering Women in District.
  • Role of Self Help Group in the Development of Rural Women: A Case Study of District.
  • Role of NGOs Regarding the Education and Empowerment of Women in District.
  • Role of Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) in Educating and Empowering Women in District.

Distance MSW Reference Books

Distance MSW books are available both online and offline by many authors and publications. Reference books are meant for gaining in-depth understanding of concepts. Some of the reference books for Distance MSW are: 

Distance MSW Books

Name of the Books


International Social Work

Cox, David & Manohar Pawar

Social work education in India

K.K. Jacob

Social work practice - A generalist Approach

Yagna J. Stephen & Johnson C. Louise

Sociology: A systematic introduction

Harry. M. Johns

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