What is BSW (Bachelor of Social Work)?

Bachelor of Social Work or BSW is a professional degree that is offered at the undergraduate (UG) level. The duration of a BSW course is usually three years and candidates need to positively complete the course within a maximum duration of six years.

Candidates can undertake BSW as a full time course or even pursue it as a Correspondence/ Distance Education course. BSW course mostly comprises of three major parts which are foundation course, elective course and field work.

BSW course is offered in both English and Hindi language. Some common topics that candidates are made to study in a BSW course include Introduction to Social Work, Social Problems in India, Social Work Research & Statistics, Social Work Administration and the likes.

Required Skillset for BSW>

Aspirants who want to undertake BSW course need to be well aware of the social problems of the area wherein they work and also possess good communication skills. Some other key skills that an aspirant should possess when thinking of pursuing a BSW course are listed below:


Good listener

Good communication skills

Emotional intelligence

Social perceptiveness


Critical thinking

Ability to coordinate


Ability to set boundaries



BSW Eligibility Criteria>

Candidates meet the eligibility criteria to pursue a BSW course if they have completed their Class 12 from a recognised board with passing marks. Candidates who have a background in the field of social work, sociology, psychology, or any related field are usually preferred if they want to pursue a BSW course.

BSW Course Curriculum>

The subjects taught as part of BSW course may vary from one college to the other. But some common topics that candidates are taught as part of Bachelor of Social Work course are listed below:

Course Curriculum for Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)


Introduction to Social Work

Social Science Foundation for Social Work: Sociology

Communication in Modern Indian Languages

Human Growth and Behaviour


Work with Individuals and Families

Work with Groups

Social Science Foundation for Social Work: Contemporary Development Studies

Field Work (practical component related to core subjects)

Gender Studies

Community Organisation

Social Policy

Computer Applications

Research Methods

Social Work Administration

Social Work Theories and Practice

Life Skills

Development and Communication

Health and Nutrition / Child and Youth Studies (Elective)

Social Exclusion and Inclusion / Global and Indian Social Movements (Elective)

Work with older adults / Social Entrepreneurship (General Elective)

Academic Writing

Human Rights / Education and Development (Elective)

Rural and Urban Studies / Informal Labour and Informal Sector (Elective)

Disability / Basic Counselling Skills (General Elective)