MSW (Philanthropy) is perhaps the first of its kind across the globe. It is offered in English at IGNOU, New Delhi.
The curriculum has been designed to help the learner in understanding the origin and development of professional social work across the globe with a unique paper on professional social work in Indian context, special focus on the three primary methods of social work practice namely, social case work, social group work and community organisation management for community development; theory paper on social work practicum and specialisation papers on philanthropic social work.
The field practicum has been designed in such a way that each learner would be provided adequate opportunities of gaining knowledge, information and the much needed skills for working with the poorest of the poor that include the destitute, orphans, leprosy as well as HIV infected patients, prostitutes, mentally ill and the mentally retarded, refugees, landless and homeless labourers and those in correctional settings.
The concept of philanthropic social work is relevant to developing countries, where interventions among the poorest of the poor are much needed. Some of the interventions including those of Baba Amte, Acharya Vinoba Bhave and Mother Teresa have been found to be acceptable across the globe. Their approaches and especially the use of the Social Action method to ameliorate the sufferings of the needy and poorest of the poor have been adequately highlighted in the syllabus.
MSW (Philanthropy) is perhaps the first of its kind across the globe. Professional social work has its origin in Charity Organisation Societies (COS). Philanthropic Social Work has its origin in the vision, mission and charitable works of philanthropists, who devoted their lives for serving the poorest of the poor.
This Programme would be of great interest to developing countries in South Asia, Africa, South America and particularly the Indian sub-continent.