SOWK310-19W (C) Whole Year 2019

Research Methods in Social Work

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 15 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 23 August 2019


This course covers the fundamentals of social research, including: problem formulation; ethical considerations; sampling and measurement; varieties of research methods; data analysis and, dissemination and distribution of research knowledge related to the human services. The design of a research project is required as a major exercise.


Learning Objectives:

• To facilitate a beginning level of competence in understanding and critiquing quantitative
     methods and analysis in social science research.
• To provide an understanding of key contributions to knowledge made by quantitative
• To introduce students to a quantitative methodological framework and research methods and
     promote an action-based process of learning.
• To critically engage with current research trends and their application in social work settings.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to:          

a.   Confidently identify a range of quantitative research methods
b.   Use basic research skills to interpret and discuss basic research findings
c.   Understand theoretical frameworks driving the research enterprise
d.   Be critical-minded in their understanding and review of quantitative and mixed-methods social
     science research.
e.   Identify skills they have developed as emerging social science researchers.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


240 points from either the Social Work Schedule or
the Criminal Justice Schedule.


HSRV302; HSRV305; SOWK302; SOWK305

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 111 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 E6 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room 22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial 25 Feb - 3 Mar
1 Apr - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 19 May

Course Coordinator

Gretchen Perry



Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Reflexive Journal 20%
Interview Exercise 15%
On-line Test 15%
Critique of media representation of quantitative research 23 Aug 2019 20%
Review of methodological quality in quantitative research 11 Oct 2019 30%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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