Presentation and objectives


The Social Work Graduate Program of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo integrates the Social Sciences Faculty, due to its epistemological area. It offers Master and PhD degrees and post-doctoral studies, according to the Statute and General Regulation of PUC-SP, the General Regulation of Graduate Studies and the program’s internal rules.


According to General Regulation of Graduate Studies, the general objectives of the Social Work Graduate Program are to:


  1. Enable people taking Master, PhD degrees and Post-Doctoral studies to perform both in research and teaching in higher education, as well as in other related activities;

  2. Stimulate and develop research activities directed towards pedagogical, scientific or technological purposes, aiming at the production, enlargement and dissemination of knowledge;

  3. Grant Master and PhD degrees;

  4. Receive and stimulate the development of post-doctoral projects in the Social Work epistemological area;

  5. Establish academic and scientific relations with similar Programs offered by Brazilian and international higher education institutions;

  6. Be committed to the dissemination of its teaching and research activities in the national and international contexts and contribute with the scientific, cultural, economic and social development of the country and the humanity;

  7. Establish connections with the undergraduate activities through research policies, continuing education and scientific initiation programs, teacher career development and other joint actions.

  8. Continuously improve the performance of the Social Work Graduate Program in order to ensure the attribution of quality indicator concept by the Evaluation Agency of the Graduate National System.



The specific objectives of the Social Work Graduate Program are to:


  1. Produce knowledge in the area of Social Work in order to consolidate an excellent standard of the scientific, ethical and political statute of the Social Worker profession

  2. Enable researchers and professors in the field of Social Work and related areas;

  3. Qualify, through scientific investigation process, the knowledge that social workers produce and handle in their professional actions;

  4. Produce knowledge that contributes to the critical uncovering of the social process as a whole and the social issues in its new configurations and contemporary expressions;

  5. Produce knowledge on social policies, on their users and impacts on redistribution, on equal access and universalized attention to the social needs and on popular demands

  6. Improve higher education in Social Work, from an interdisciplinary perspective and in close relation to research.



Curriculum of the Social Work Graduate Program


Major areas:

The curriculum of the Social Work Graduate Program has two major areas and six research lines:


Major area 1 – Social Work


The object of this area is the Social Work, its historical, theoretical, methodological, ethical and political, and technical-operative fundamentals, as well as its social meaning, consolidated and emerging demands, competences and attributions within the social relations in contemporary society.


Major area 2 – Social Policy


The object of this area is the social policy and the social rights in the capitalist State, studies and research on collective issues and the civil society participation manners in the public sphere, highlighting the social movements.



Research lines


The research lines are:


1.Fundamentals and knowledge in Social Work


Studies of the Social Work fundamentals, starting from the social processes, which define Brazilian society, in order to learn the construction and development particularities of the Social Work in Brazil.


2.Profession: work and education in Social Work



Studies about the Social Worker performance, in its theoretical-methodological, ethical-political, technical-operative dimensions and the various conditions under which this performance is processed in the public and private spheres as well as in non-governmental organizations; problematization of the educational process, of the social demands and the professional responses.


3.Ethics and Human Rights in Social Work


Studies of social-historical fundamentals of Human Rights, aiming at the knowledge of the possibilities of defending ethical and political emancipation values within a capitalist society and the Social Work. Studies of the ontological fundamentals of the ethical-moral manifestations of the social being and its professional configurations in the Social Work.


4.Social Policy and Social Management


Studies of the Social Policy and its social and historical determinations, particularly in the Brazilian society, highlighting the investigation of its fundamentals, processes of construction and concretization of the social rights and impacts on population life conditions. It also focuses on: research about management of public social actions and decision process; implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and social services.


5.Social Security and Social Assistance


Studies on Social Security, its historical construction and fundamentals, highlighting Social Assistance as a non-contributive (non prepayment) social protection public policy that ensures social rights. It includes the analysis of the processes, legal requirements, impacts and outcomes of national and international social assistance policies.


6. Social Movements and Social Participation

Studies and research related to the urban and rural social movements and other modalities of collective actions, ways of organization and participation in the democratization process of the public sphere and manifestations of the social rights.



The Studies and Research Units are:


  1. Identity

  2. Social Security and Social Assistance

  3. Work and Profession

  4. Social Movements

  5. Health and Society

  6. Child and Adolescent

  7. Teaching and Methodological Issues

  8. Marxism

  9. Family

  10. Social Policy

  11. Ethics and Human Rights

  12. Social and territorial inequalities





On the Social Work major area, the disciplines are:


  1. Social Work Fundamentals I

  2. Social Work Fundamentals II

  3. Ethics and Social Work

  4. Social Work and Professional Daily Work I

  5. Social Work and Professional Daily Work II

  6. Basic Readings in Social Work

  7. Contemporary Paradigms, professional practices and transdisciplinarity I

  8. Contemporary Paradigms, professional practices and transdisciplinarity I


On the Social Policy major area, the disciplines are:


  1. Social Assistance: Policy and Management I

  2. Social Assistance: Policy and Management II

  3. Social Management I

  4. Social Management II

  5. Social Policy I

  6. Social Policy II

  7. Civil Society and Collective Subjects

  8. Social Movements


Transversal disciplines to the two major areas:


  1. Method in Marx

  2. Construction of knowledge in Social Work I

  3. Construction of knowledge in Social Work I

  4. Research Seminars I

  5. Research Seminars II

  6. Philosophical Fundamentals and the problem of method in Social Sciences

  7. Thematic Seminars