Social Work Research
|Course code SWRK4500||Units 10||Level 4000||Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science|
This is the initial research course in the BSW (Hons). It provides advanced level research skills required for practice and progression to the 4th year Honours Project (SWRK4009). Students will develop a sophisticated 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 advanced 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.
Available in 2014
|Objectives||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. It is the foundational research course for the BSW(Hons). 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.
|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.
|Transition||Students who have successfully completed SWRK3005 cannot enrol in SWRK4500.|
|Assumed Knowledge||Completion of all 2nd year and semester 1 3rd year SWRK courses in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program.|
|Modes of Delivery||Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning|
|Teaching Methods||Experience Based Learning|
Self Directed Learning
|Contact Hours||Workshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks|
Computer Lab: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Field Study: for 9 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
|Timetables||2014 Course Timetables for SWRK4500|