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FACULTY OF REGIONAL PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
SCHOOL OF REGIONAL PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
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UNIT TITLE Social Work Research
UNIT CODE SWK3106
CREDIT POINTS 15
FULL YEAR UNIT No
MODE OF DELIVERY Online
  This version of the unit will be offered from 1/07/2013

DESCRIPTION

This unit introduces students to social research methodologies for social work research. The students will learn how to carry out their own research, as well as how to assess research done by others. Students will examine key research issues (e.g. the uses of research, research and social power, participatory research, etc.).

 
LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of this unit students should be able to:


  1. critically analyse research methodologies and their contribution social work practice and social welfare policy;
  2. define a research problem or topic;
  3. evaluate the contribution of qualitative and quantitative research approaches and the types of questions each can be used to answer;
  4. understand some of the various methods practitioner researchers can use to collect qualitative and quantitative data, and the advantages and disadvantages of these;
  5. judge the ethical issues around practitioner research, and how to encourage participation and power-sharing in the research process (themes of inter-subjectivity, accountability and participation); and
  6. create an outline design for a research project to examine a practice situation or issue.

 

 

 
UNIT CONTENT
  1. Research paradigms.
  2. Choosing a research question or topic.
  3. Accessing literature and writing a literature review.
  4. Reading research critically.
  5. Research methods.
  6. Advantages and disadvantages of various research methodologies and methods.
  7. Power and ethics in research.
  8. Proposal writing.
 
TEACHING AND LEARNING PROCESSES
The unit is taught online via Blackboard.
 
GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Ability to communicate
  • Critical appraisal skills
  • Ability to generate ideas
 
ASSESSMENT
Grading Schema 1
 
Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.
 

Item

Online Assessment

Value

 

Research Paper

Methodology Paper

50%

Research Paper

Theoretical Paper

50%

 
Students must pass both pieces of assessment to pass the unit.
 
SIGNIFICANT REFERENCES
Atkinson, P. (1990). The ethnographic imagination. London, UK: Routledge.
Barnes, J. (1979). Who should know what? Social science, privacy and ethics. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin.
Bell, J. (1993). Doing your research project. (2nd ed.). Buckingham, UK: Open University Press.
Bryman, A. (1988). Quantity and quality in social research. London, UK: Allen & Unwin.
Bryman, A. (1988). Doing research in organizations. London, UK: Routledge.
Cheetham, J., Fuller, R., McIvor, G., & Petch, A. (1992). Evaluating social work effectiveness. Buckingham,UK: Open University Press.
Denzin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. S. (Eds.), (1994). Handbook of qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Edwards, A., &Talbot, R. (1994). The hard-pressed researcher. London, UK: Longman.
Everitt, A., Hardiker, P., Littlewood, J., & Mullender, A. (1993). Applied research for better practice. Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan.
Finch, J. (1986). Research and policy. London, UK: The Falmer Press.
Hakim, K. (1987). Research design. London, UK: Allen & Unwin.
Hammersley, M., & Atkinson, P. (1983). Ethnography: Principles in practice. London, UK: Tavistock.
Kidder, L. H., & Judd, C. M. (1986). Research methods in social relations. (5th ed.). New York, NY: Holt, Reinhart and Winston, Inc.
Lincoln, Y. S., & Guba, E. G. (1985). Naturalistic inquiry. Newbury Park, NY: Sage.
Preece, R. (1994). Starting Research. London, UK: Pinter Publishers.
Sapsford, R., & Abbott, P. (1992). Research methods for nurses and the caring professions. Buckingham, UK: Open University Press.
Sherman, E., & Reid, W. (Eds.), (1994). Qualitiative research in social work. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Walker, R. (Ed.), (1985). Applied qualitative research. Aldershot, UK: Gower.
 
JOURNALS
Nil
 
WEB SITES
Sociosite Research Methodology & Statistics http://www.pscw.uva.nl/sociosite/TOPICS/Research.html
Research Resources for the Social Sciences http://www.socsciresearch.com/
Australian Bureau of Statistics http://www.abs.gov.au
Centre for Social Research. Charles Sturt University www.csu.edu.au/research/crsr/ruralsoc/welfare.htm
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare www.aihw.gov.au
Australian Institute of Family Studies www.aifs.org.au
Internet Social Worker http://www.vts.rdn.ac.uk/tutorial/social-worker/?sid=944561&op=preview&manifestid=97&itemid=8781
 
 
 
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