The Department of Studies in Social Management (DSSM) was established in Central University of Gujarat to nurture a multidisciplinary approach which integrates disciplines of Social Work, Management and Public Policy embedded in the Social Sciences, for dealing with complex development issues.
The Programme commenced in the year 2010-11. Social Management as a discipline envisages a rigorous teaching and research programme that seeks to impart, understand and develop theoretical and practical knowledge and skills with respect to policy issues so as to act as a catalyst for change. The core idea is to have professionals and researchers who will contribute in innovative and critical ways to the development sector. Given the diverse actors in the policy domain, the Centre provides a platform for dialogue between academia, government, civil society and NGOs at various levels.
The areas of research interests of DSSM are:
Governance, Management of Reforms, Social Exclusion, Law and Marginality, Migration, Financial inclusion, Women Empowerment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Police Studies, Criminal Justice Reforms and Institutional Studies.
The 5 years, Integrated / Dual Degree (B.A (Hon) Social Management) – (M.A Social Management) is being offered at Centre for Studies in Social Management, since 2010. From the Academic Year 2021-22, the 5 years integrated programme, shall be of Learning Outcome Based Curriculum Framework (LOCF).The fundamental premise underlying the learning outcomes-based approach to curriculum planning is that higher education qualifications such as Integrated/Dual Degree (BA (Hon) Social Management) - (MA Social Management) is awarded on the basis of demonstrated achievement of outcomes (expressed in terms of knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and values) and academic standards expected of the integrated programmes. This curriculum Frame work, is an outcome-based framework. Learning outcomes specify what students completing a particular programme of study are expected to know and be able to do at the end of their programme of study. The learning outcomes indicate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that are required to enable the students to effectively participate in knowledge production and in the knowledge economy, improve national competitiveness in a globalized world and for equipping young people with skills relevant for global and national labour markets and enhancing the opportunities for social mobility by simultaneously engaging with the local.
The LOCF of Social Management course shall consist of Core Courses, Ability Enhancement Courses, Skill Enhancement Courses, Discipline Specific Courses and Field Work and related courses. Integrated / Dual Degree (B.A (Hon) Social Management) – (M.A Social Management) has ten semesters with taught courses which are inter-disciplinary in scope and a field work component which includes summer internship, projects and study tours aimed at providing a practical orientation and problem–solving skills. On completion of the course, the students would find gainful employment at various managerial positions in social organizations & development sector.
The M.A in Social Work (2 years) programme had begun in the year 2017. It aims to train students to constructively engage with the policy makers and public so as to evolve innovative strategies through field action projects and practice-based research. The broader objective of this course emanates from the much-felt need of having a social work perspective to the various public policies that are generally framed and implemented by governments for citizens' welfare.
The uniqueness of this programme is its integration of social work skills and practices embedded in social sciences with the objective of rational understanding of policy formulation, monitoring and analysis in the larger governance framework. The social work perspective to public policy and governance could deliver better services to its beneficiaries, provided the methods of social work is integrated well with the policies and the larger governance framework. The course would cover the principles, skills, values and knowledge base of social work along with cutting edge knowledge for public policy and governance, embedded in social sciences.
The students graduating in the MA in Social Work would become change agents who connect the policy makers, implementation agencies and the end users of the policies. The course is prepared to produce critical human resource for the government, policy framers, grassroots NGOs engaged in the social development sectors.
The broader objective of this course emanates from the much-felt need of having a 'social work perspective' with strong skill sets of methods in social work, to the various public policies that are generally framed and implemented by governments for citizens' welfare. The uniqueness of this programme is its integration of social work skills and practices through embedding in social sciences with the objective of rational understanding of policy formulation, monitoring and analysis in the larger governance framework. The social work perspective to public policy and governance could deliver better services to its beneficiaries, provided the methods of social work is integrated well with the policies and the larger governance framework.
This course thus becomes innovative in the sense that it targets to deepen the horizon of the theories and practices of social work through amalgamating the discourses of public policy and governance through embedding in social sciences, with the skills sets and methods of social work for effective social service delivery outcomes for communities. The course hence is prepared to produce young minds with a holistic vision of public policy and governance, thereby being a change agent, specifically with the social work intervention skill sets.
The two years M.A in Social Work programme would be of four semesters with 20 credits, including concurrent field work, block field work and research dissertation, with a total of 80 credits across four semesters. In addition to the 80 credits (20 credits of 4 semesters), there would be a compulsory social work camp (6-10 days) and a social work tour (8-10 days) with 02 credits each.
Ph.D. programme in Social Management was initiated in the year 2017. Ph.D. programme is designed to provide insights in the fields of management, social sciences and governance in order to address issues and concerns in the social and development sectors with a governance framework. Public sector and private sector organizations from NGOs to social enterprises are critically assessed. While drawing on the breadth of research expertise and practical experience in the School of Social Sciences, this course includes a practical exercise with a development agency, Non–government organizations as part of its assessment. Using an interdisciplinary frame, this program's focal concerns are to look into theories in management, evolving markets, new public management, society in India, migration, law, criminal justice social work, corporate social responsibility, micro finance, civil society initiatives, state, para-state institutions and multi-layers of governance. It has one year of course work which would lead students into suitable areas for further research.
a) Integrated / Dual Degree (B.A (Hon) Social Management) – (M.A Social Management) - 33 seats (5 years programme, after successful completion of 3 years, B.A (Hon) Social Management degree shall be awarded).
b) M.A in Social Work - 33 seats.
c) Ph. D in Social Management (as per the availability of seats against each faculty according to the norms of UGC 2016).