(Syllabus) Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (SET) Syllabus & Paper : Social Work


Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (SET)-2010

Syllabus & Sample Questions: Social Work

Paper-II & Paper-III (A) (Core Group)


Evolution of Social Work Profession-Impact of Social Reform Movements; Factors that influenced the emergence of method approach in Social Work Practice; Social Work as Human Rights Profession. Philosophy and Principles of Social Work Profession and their Application. System Approach to Social Work Practice; Role of Social Work in the Remedial. Preventive and Developmental Models. Definition Relevance and Scope of Integrated Approach to Social Work Practice. Skills and Techniques. Social Work Education-Content, Training Supervision . Problems and Challenges.


Meaning and Characteristics of Society, Community, Social Group and Social Institution; Social Structure and Social Stratification, Theories of Social Change and Social Disorganizations. Tribal, Rural and Urban Communities, Weaker and Vulnerable Sections and Minority Groups. Population, Poverty, Unemployment, Underdevelopments; Problems of Developing. Economics and Consequences of New Economic Policy. Concept of Welfare State, Indian Constitution-Features, Problems, Fundamental. Rights and Directive Principles and Planning in India-Five Year Plans. Human Behaviors, Human Needs, Human Motivation and Problems of Human Behavior and Coping Mechanisms.


Human Growth and Development in the Lifespan of Individual. Learning Socializations and Theories of Personality. Concept and Causative Factors of Indian Social Problems-Analysis. Intervention of Social Problems-Government and Voluntary Efforts at Micro and Macro Levels. Role of the Social Workers in Identifying Social Problems and Development of Appropriate Strategies.


Case work-Concept, Objectives and Principles. Social Case Work Process-Intake, Study, Social Diagnosis, Treatment, Termination and Evaluation. Approaches in Case Work-Psychoanalytical, Psycho-social. Problem Solving, Behavior Modification, Crisis Intervention, Eclectic Approach. Techniques and skills in Social Case Work : Interviews, Home visit, Resource Mobilizations, Referral. Environmental Modification. Case Work Relationship, Communication, Types of Recordings in Case Work. Role of Social Case Worker in Various Settings.


Concept of Group Work-Assumptions, Definition and Goals of Group Work. Principles, Skills and Values of Social Group Work. Stages of Group Development and Use of Programmers for Group Development : Orientation Stage, Working Stage, Termination Stage, Programme Planning, Implementation and Evaluation. Study of Group Process-Group Dynamics, Member’s Behaviors. Leadership and Role of the Worker in Various Settings. Approaches and Models in Group Work Practice-Therapeutic/Social Treatment. Development Group and Task-oriented Group.


Concept, Principles and Objectives of community Organisation. Approaches in Community Organisation-Models, Strategies and Role of Social Worker in Each of the Approaches. Community Development and Community Organisation. Social Action in Community Organisation-Concept, Purpose and Techniques. Community Organisation as a Para-political Process-Networking, Conscientisation, Planning and Organizing, Roles and Strategies of Social Movements-Types and Role of NGOs.


Definition, Nature, Scope and Purposes of Social Work Research. Research Designs. Types and Methods. Steps in Social Work Research-Problem Formulation, Operationalisation of Variables, Sampling, Tools and Techniques of Data Collection. Data Analysis and Report Writing. Role and Responsibilities of the Researcher. Statistics-its use and limitation in Social Work Research (measures of central tendency, chi-square test, t-test, correlation tests).


Social Policy-Concept and Scope, Distinction between Social and Economic Policies. Place of Ideology and Values. Evolution of Social Policy in India; Review of Major Policies and Programmers, viz. Education, Health, Shelter, Environment, Social Security. Employment, Family, Child, Women and Youth Welfare, Welfare of the Aged, Weaker Sections, Elderly and Disabled. Characteristics of Social Welfare Organizations-Size, Nature, Design, Legal Studies, Rules and Procedure and Overall Policy. Management of social welfare organisation (government and voluntary)-Home relation. Financial relation and Physical relation. Programme and Project Management-Identifying Overall and Specific Needs, Project Formulations, Monitoring and Evaluation, Recording and Accountability.


Concept of Social Justice-Its Relationship with Social Legislation. Civil Rights, Human Rights and Issues of Social Justice. Legislations Pertaining to Women and Children. Legislations Pertaining to Social Defense, Social Security and Social Assistance. Legislation Pertaining to people with Disability, the Underprivileged and Health related Legislations. Role of Social Worker in Promoting Social Legislation and Social Justice.


Social Development-Meaning, Concept and Indicators. Approaches and Strategies-Growth with Equity, Minimum Needs. Quality of Life. Global Efforts for Human Development. Concept of Sustainable Development. Social Work and Social Development. Problems of Social Development in India.

Paper—III (B) (Elective/Optional)


Labor Welfare and Human Resource Management-Concept, Principles and Approaches. Problems Concerning Industrial Labor in India-Absenteeism, Migratory Character, Indebtedness and Exploitation. Concept of Collective Bargaining Workers’ Participation in Management and HRD Sub-systems. Legislations-Factories Act, 1948 and other Legislations relating to Trade Union. Industrial Disputes, Employees’ State Insurance, Wages, Gratuity, P.F., Bonus, Plantation, Mines and Others. Role of welfare Officer-Use of Social Work Knowledge and Skills.


Evolution of Social Work Practice in the Field of Medical and Psychiatric Social Work in India, Emerging Trends and Scope. Health/Mental Health Care System-Policies Programmers, Analysis of Existing Health Policies, Major Health Concerns of Disadvantaged Groups. Social and Psychological Factors and Physical and Mental Disorders. Role of Social Work in Health Care Delivery System and in Institutions for the Disabled. Social Work Practice in Hospitals. Specialized Medical and Mental Health Institutions. Child Guidance Clinics. Stress. Stress and Crisis Intervention Centers.


Concepts, Goals, Process and Models of Community Development. Needs and Problems Related to Urban, Rural and Tribal Development. Institution of Panchayati Raj-Philosophy, Role and Functions. Government Programmers and Service for the Development of Tribal, Schedule Caste, Women and Children in Urban, Rural and Tribal Areas. Role of NGOs in Urban, Rural. Tribal Development.


Changes in Demographical and Social Situations of Families. Women Youth, Aged and Children in India. Problems of Families, Women, Youth, Aged and Children in India. Social Legislation for Families, Women and Children. Policies, Programmers and Services for Families, Women, Youth, Aged and Children- Government, NGO. National and International Level. Social Work Intervention with Families, Children, Women, the Elderly and People with Special Needs.


Concepts of Crime and Deviance-Theories of Causation. Objectives, Forms and Justification of Punishment; Limitation of Punishment. Correctional Services-Nature and Evolution, Adult and Juvenile Correctional Programmers, Institutional and Community Based Treatment, Legal Provisions. Intervention Programmers for Victims of Violence, Neglect and Abuse. Juvenile Delinquency-Nature and Causes, Juvenile Justice law and Organisation. Role of Social Worker in Correctional and Intervention Services.

Sample Question (Paper-II)

1. Which of the following is not a principle of social case work ?

(A) Individualization

(B) Self-determination

(C) Non-Judgmental Attitude

(D) Transference

2. Assertion (A) : According to the Report of the National Human Rights Commission. there

were 819 deaths in judicial custody in 1997-98.

Reason (R) : The increase in deaths in judicial custody is due to the poor health conditions

prevailing in the prisons of the country. Select the correct answer from the codes given below

Codes :

(A) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A.

(B) Both A and R are true but R is not the correct explanation of A.

(C) A is true but R is false.

(D) A is false but R is true.