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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.
FOR SEMESTER TWO: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 research. • 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.
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 enterprised. 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.
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.
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
Students must attend one activity from each section.
THE COURSE CO-ORDINATOR FOR SEMESTER TWO IS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GRETCHEN PERRY
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.