Social Work Research

Course code SWRK3005Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Students will develop an understanding of the role that research plays in social work practice and competence in planning a practice-based research study that would inform social work intervention. Students will attain knowledge and skills in qualitative and quantitative methods that may be used in practice-based social research. Ethical issues and critical debates in social work research will also be examined.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThe purpose of this course is to equip social work students with the skills and knowledge required to conduct practice-based research in the social work context. Students will:
1. Understand the role of research in social work practice
2. Be able to critically review the published research.
3. Develop knowledge in quantitative and qualitative research methods and an understanding of when particular methods are most appropriate to answer different types of research questions encountered in social work practice.
4. Gain practical skills in gathering and analysing research data.
5. Develop competence in identifying and appropriately responding to ethical and cultural issues encountered in social work research.
6. Engaged in informed debate on social, political, ethical, technical and practical issues surrounding social work research, particularly in relation to diverse cultural groups.
7. Understand and critique the use of evidence based practice in social work.

Students undertaking the honours stream of the degree will use the learning and tasks in this course as the basis for the individual research thesis completed in the final year of the degree.
Content* The role of research in social work practice.
* Designing a research project.
* Gathering quantitative and qualitative data.
* Analysing quantitative and qualitative data.
* Ethical and political issues in social work
* Critical appraisal of published research.
* Writing a research proposal.
Replacing Course(s)Replacing SWRK4003
TransitionNot applicable because current progression and concurrent courses rules mean no student will be adversely affected.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of all 2nd year and semester 1 3rd year SWRK courses in the Bachelor of Social Work program.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignment 2000 words, 50%
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignment 3000 words, 50%
ProjectsThere are ungraded assessment tasks in this course (satisfactory/unsatisfactory). Students must successfully complete these assessment tasks to pass the course. These tasks are undertaken in class time.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program.
Students must have completed all SWRK courses in the 2nd year and semester 1 of 3rd year in the BSW schedule in order to enrol in the course.