Courses Offered

B.A(Psychology And Sociology)(Since 1963):

An undergraduate programme combining the subjects of

  • Sociology, enabling students to develop a social perspective on significant issues
  • Psychology, equipping students to understand their own selves and others
  • History, as an Allied subject, preparing students for competitive exams

Papers offered:

Sociology Papers

  • Principles of Sociology
  • Criminology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Gerontology
  • Social Demography
  • Sociology of Health
  • Industrial Relations
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociological Theories

Psychology Papers

  • Basic Psychological Processes
  • Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Basic Psychological Processes II
  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Perspectives on Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • •Physiological Psychology

History (Allied)

  • Social and cultural History of Tamilnadu
  • International Relations since World War II
  • Indian Polity

Elective Papers

  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Mass Communication
  • Communication Skills
  • Stress and Stress Management
  • Women in Religion: Indian and Canadian Parallels
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Sociology of communication
  • Deviance and Crime
  • Social Problems
  • Social Ecology

Optional Papers

  • Health Psychology
  • Sociology of family
  • Family Welfare
  • Mental Health
  • Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Introduction to Urban Sociology
  • Sociology of India

Self Learning Papers

  • Leadership
  • Readings In Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Exceptional Children

Service Learning Papers

  • Child Development
  • Social Gerontology

Masters in Social Work (MSW) (Since 2007):

Masters in Social Work (MSW) (Since 2007)

Masters degree in Social Work with specialisations in:

  • Medical and Psychiatric Social and
  • Work Human Resource Management

A course equipping young women to be socially conscious professional individuals committed to contribute their skills and energies to civil society towards the building of a just and equitable society.

Papers Offered in MSW
Fundamentals in Sociology & Social Work Social Research
Fundamental Principles of Psychology NGO Management & Capacity Building
Introduction to Social work Methods Community Work & Social Development
Communication, Social Media and Social Networking The State, Policy and Social Legislation for Social Workers
Principles and Practices of Management  
Specialisation Papers offered
Medical & Psychiatric Social Work Human Resource Management
Psychiatric Disorders Corporate Wellness Management
Mental Health and Social Work Human Resource Management
Health and Hygiene Organisational Behaviour
Medical Social Work Employment Relation Laws
Psychiatric Social Work Practice Human Resource Development
Developing Field Work Competencies

The course at Lady Doak is designed to provide students with hands on field experiences by observing and working with reputed and professional organisations working for social change. Students are also given opportunities to work as interns and learn professional competencies through actual work experiences.

- Observation visits

- On the Spot Study with national and international organisations

- Rural camp

- Concurrent Field placement

- Summer Placement

- Block Placement

Special features of the MSW programme
  • 100 % job placement guaranteed
  • Professional learning environment
  • Competitive skills development
  • Professionally trained Student Folk Art team
Some of the Collaborative organisations for field work and job placement
NIMHANS, Bangalore World Vision, India Sun Network, Chennai
CMC Hospital, Vellore People’s Watch TVS Sundaram Fasteners
Dalit Foundation, Delhi RUSS Foundation Hi Tech Arai Ltd.
SICHREM, Bangalore Ma Foi Consultants Apollo Hospitals, Madurai
ACCORD, Gudalur Shant Manas, Madurai Sundaram Clayton Ltd, Chennai
Bedrock, Nagapattinam Reliance, Chennai  

M.Sc. Psychology:


PG Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PGDCP) (Since 2008)

  • An opportunity to understand oneself and others better
  • A one year PG Diploma programme Lend a helping hand to those in need?

Special Features…

  • Psychological Testing
  • Training by experts
  • Practical exposure
  • One month Residential programme at nugraha (An Institute for Counselling & Psychotherapy), Dindigul

The Department of Social Sciences has always offered innovative courses based on the demand of the students as well as the need of the society. One such innovative programme was the introduction of a Certificate Programme in “Basic Skills of Counseling” for a semester from the year 2007 for the outgoing Undergraduate and Post graduate students. However taking in to consideration the need of the hour, the department has taken a further step by offering an extensive post graduate diploma in counseling and psychotherapy from the year 2011. This course is a one year reflective, professional and career oriented Diploma programme which aims at providing students with Counselling skills, equipping them as good counselors and Social Entrepreneurs.The course includes both theoretical and intensive practical exposures in the field of  “Psychological testing” and a one month field work training on the basic skills of counselling in a  reputed institute of counseling, psychotherapy and research.


Papers offered

  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Approaches to Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Counseling techniques and psychotherapy
  • Counseling in various settings

Lab papers

  • Psychological testing
  • Field work training at ANUGRAHA [An institute for counseling, psychotherapy and research]


  • 55% pass in any under graduate programme

No of seats

  • 15


  • Exclusive residential training on counseling skills for one month in Anugraha, Dindigul [An institution for Research, Counseling and Psychotherapy]
  • Training in various psychological tests-[Personality, Intelligence, motivation etc]
  • Training by experts
  • Case study analysis and group discussions


Trained counselors can opt to work in various job profiles available in India such as marriage counseling agencies, schools and colleges, old age homes, counseling centres,
welfare departments of governments or be self employed.


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