School of Humanities

Social Work


The Department of Social Work was established by Rev. Fr. Devasia, S.J., in 1954 as the Institute of Social Science. It came into existence in the year 1957 offering a Diploma course in Social Science that lasted till 1963. In 1964, a full-fledged two-year Post-Graduate programme in Social Work was introduced with three specializations, which in the later years branched into five. In 1994, the specialization titled "Welfare of the Marginalized" was the first of its kind in the country. Specialization in "Human Rights" was started in the academic year 2003-2004. The department aims to promote a spirit of inquiry and professional ethics to work at different levels for sustainable development in line with the Ignatian paradigm of preparing women and men for and with others.  

•  Formation of social work professionals towards a just and equitable society.

•  To train competent, committed and compassionate social work professionals
•  To understand and respond to vulnerable communities through inclusion,     
innovation and collaboration towards transformation

The department offers the following five specializations :
1. Community Development
2. Human Resource Management
3. Welfare of the Disadvantaged Sections
4. Medical and Psychiatric Social Work and
5. Human Rights  

The curriculum has three important components - theory, fieldwork and research. The department considers education as a means for social change and transformation with societal commitment.

It enables the students to acquire necessary knowledge of sociology, psychology, philosophy and methods of social work, and practical experience in scientific social research.  

To facilitate the above complex learning process, the training programme also includes independent study, lectures, seminars, research with concurrent and block fieldwork training. The department works with over 80 organisations for the purpose of field work training.  

The department has been offering M.Phil programmes from the academic year 1988-89. Besides classes and theory examinations, field practicum of 200 hours and research projects are mandatory requirement of the M.Phil courses. Since 1995, the department has been offering Ph.D programmes. There are four Ph.D guides in the department.


The department functions in two shifts. Every year, a total of 160 students are in M A programmes.. About 9 students are enrolled in M.Phil programme and 15 students in doctoral programme. The students are trained to plan and execute an extensive range of social service, social welfare activities, and work in commercial and industrial establishments and training institutions  

•  Academia- industry interaction
•  Strong network with alumni
•  Rigorous supervised field work
•  Theatre for transformation
•  Experienced faculty with field/industry exposure
•  Urban Mental Health Programme in collaboration with Banyan
•  Child Rights Protection Centre - KHEChP
•  Intensive Research Orientation



Dr. P. Mary Jessy Rani

Head of the Department,
Department of Social Work,
Loyola College (Autonomous),
Chennai - 600 034.
Tel: +91 44 2817 8200 (Ext.480)