This skill based course is designed for students interested in nurturing an idea towards the development of a social venture. The course is aimed at enhancing students' capacities in creatively addressing societal issues and field challenges in the Social Work profession. Students, individually or as a team could develop a specific idea to pursue or an area of interest with the understanding that by the end of the course, a specific plan of action will emerge, followed by its initial implementation. This course will be linked with other courses, where the students will get the necessary skills.
Many social workers find themselves in management positions within a few years of graduating from a Social Work Programme. Most of these jobs are in both non-profit and for-profit human service organisations. Increasingly, business acumen has become essential to maintain grants and donations, start new programs, market services to clients, supervise the finance function and understand the external environment. A social purpose business is thus a business activity started by a nonprofit/for-proft or hybrid organisations that applies market based solutions for the purposes of furthering the mission of the organisation, generating income and addressing social needs. Over the past few years the social enterprise and livelihood field have grown significantly. Nonprofits are seeking innovative methods of diversifying their revenues and building more sustainable organisations. This course helps the social work students in understanding the basic ideas and steps of how to plan and start a revenue-generating activity or a business venture in the context of their non-profit organisation.
- Teacher: Devisha Sasidevan
This course provides basic understanding and skills in Impact Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation in the field of Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship.
- Teacher: Sunil Santha
Ecological, social, political and economic systems are undergoing change at a rapid pace creating different scales of vulnerability. Changes occur simultaneously in space and over time, and through numerous forms of geographical interdependence and historical path-dependency resulting in ecological, knowledge and livelihood uncertainties. Economic globalisation, shifting patterns of political governance, and new expressions of community and identity are all part of this growing complexity, as both contributors and responses to it. Interactions within and between processes and systems constantly generate unpredictable outcomes and surprises; the result is a world which is inherently less predictable and knowable. In this context, conventional models which have guided the study of environment and development interventions, based on notions of equilibrium and predictability, fail to hold up. Thus, it becomes very crucial that students understand how vulnerable people sustain their livelihoods in an uncertain world and what institutional arrangements mediate their access to resources. This course provides students an opportunity to examine different facets of risk, uncertainty and complexity in resources, community and institutions governing natural resources including common pool resources. It also helps the students in capturing the coping and adjustment processes that vulnerable groups adhere to across value chains and the various factors influencing the adaptation strategies such as skills and assets.
The complexities of poverty, marginalization and development are posing newer challenges for practitioners. Today there is mounting concern over the multiple crisis of food, water and livelihoods and resource conflicts of the marginalized groups and communities. For effectively responding to these contemporary concerns, practitioners need to be equipped to apply and integrate critical thinking and practical field experience from a wide range of perspectives, and to be innovative in seeking meaningful solutions. This course thus seeks to approach development in its complex and multiple manifestations; essentially from an alternate and post development paradigm and focuses on its interfaces with the livelihood insecurities and the sustainable livelihoods debate. It would essentially strengthen the capacity to weave theoretical perspectives with contemporary development concerns and challenges for equitable and sustainable practice and livelihoods promotion.
- Teacher: Swati Banerjee
This course is aimed to provide an in-depth understanding of the framework and tools for project planning in the context of strengthening the livelihoods of the poor and the marginalised. Students of Social Work specialising in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship have to enhance their professional capacities in terms of the requisite skills which can be applied to strengthen their engagement in managing livelihood related projects effectively. Blending basic project planning and management tools with participatory tools for socio-economic and institutional analysis, this course aims at equipping students with basic frameworks, skills and tools used in livelihood promotion and development.
- Teacher: Sunil Santha
Participation and empowerment are key drivers for social change and transformation. It helps in eliciting the experiences, views, aspirations and struggles of local communities in decision making processes. Students in social work in livelihoods and social entrepreneurship need to critically appraise the applicability of participatory action approaches especially in the context and dynamics of livelihoods and livelihood approaches of the poor and marginalized communities. This course aims at exposing students to diverse tools, approaches and its applications in participatory livelihoods assessment and planning towards social transformation and livelihoods innovation.
- Teacher: Swati Banerjee
This course aims at familiarising students in addressing issues of deprivation and empowerment through a human economy perspective. This course attempts to show how a new direction and emphasis for the economy can be based on many grassroots initiatives that are already established, but which could do with more room to grow. Building a human economy presupposes renewed public engagement, which requires a committed alliance of grassroots movements, harnessing the voluntary reciprocity of self organised groups, and public policy aimed at regulating capitalism and co-ordinating redistributive institutions. In the initial sessions of the course, students are encouraged to analyse the structures of social exclusion and poverty both at the local and global level. Followed by which, this course deliberates on several approaches where communities and marginalised groups have attempted to develop the third sector. The success and critiques of the human economy perspectives are then looked at.