The Department of Sociology and Social Work at Girijananda Chowdhury University admits students to its programmes of studies, which include Undergraduate and Post- Graduate programmes, from across the state and the country, at large. From the changing nature of work to the emergence of new digital technologies, and from a critical analysis of existing contemporary socio-economic inequalities to the dynamics of social strata, the department conducts extensive study on Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Minorities, Sociology of Health, Sociology of Development, Economic Sociology, Social Anthropology, Environmental Sociology, Criminology, and Population Studies. Furthermore, equal emphasis is given by the department in the study of pressing social issues such as gender, race and health inequality, labour market disadvantage within and across generations, as well as the issues of sociological significance in North-Eastern India. With a team of skillful and scholarly faculty members, the department aspires to create a cogitative community of young minds, resourceful scholars, administrators, professionals, social and political activists who are thoroughly equipped to meet and overcome the challenges posed by the rapidly changing world societies of the contemporary epoch.
Furthermore, the programme of Social Work at the Girijananda Chowdhury University envisages to create young social work professionals equipped with requisite knowledge, skills and the aptitude to engage in diverse settings. The under graduate and post graduate programmes offered by the department in addition to the theory imparted in the classroom theory shall focus on components of experientiallearning by means of field work, outreach and community engagement activities – the core strength of the progamme. Dedicated and experienced faculty members with a passion for teaching and research will enable students to gain a holistic understanding of social work, micro, mezzo and macro levels of social work practice, research and interventions in the field.
Community development practice, social work in health settings, psychiatric social work, family and child centric social work practice, human rights and protection of vulnerable communities, social policy, planning and development, management of non-governmental organizations, action research and participatory approaches to problem solving amongst others shall be the major areas of teaching, learning and research. Contemporary tools and strategies for social change like puppetry, comics, street plays, theatre, skill building workshopsetc., shall also be imbibed in the programme to offer a creative angle to learning and practice. Graduating social workers will be committed, value-bound and socially conscious to critically examine the social realities and have a range of opportunities to get involved in viz., social welfare departments of the government, hospitals, NGOs, international development organizations, policy making bodies, social activism, industrial sectors or become entrepreneurs and thereby strive to achieve a socially just society.