Social Work Research
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
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.
The 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.
* 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.
Not applicable because current progression and concurrent courses rules mean no student will be adversely affected.
Completion of all 2nd year and semester 1 3rd year SWRK courses in the Bachelor of Social Work program.
Modes of Delivery
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Workshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term