Social Work Research

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.
  • Ethical and political issues in social work
  • Critical appraisal of published research.
  • Gathering quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Analysing quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Writing a research report

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SWRK3005. Students who have successfully completed SWRK3005 are not eligible to enrol in SWRK4500.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of all 2nd year and semester 1 3rd year SWRK courses in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Literature Review

Presentation: Research Proposal Oral Presentation

Report: Research Report

Contact Hours

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks