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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 social work.
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 social work.
At the end of the course students should be able to: Evaluate the application of a range of qualitative and quantitative strategies for research design and methodology for social work research practiceDemonstrate an understanding of the key conceptual, cultural and ethical considerations for research in Aotearoa/New Zealand.Interpret and discuss basic research findings for social work practiceIdentify skills they have developed as emerging social work practitioner researchersObjectives:To facilitate a beginning level of competence in understanding and analysing qualitative and quantitative research methods for social work practice. To provide an understanding of key contributions to knowledge made by qualitative and quantitative research. To introduce students to a quantitative and quantitative methodological framework and research methods and promote an action-based process of learning. To critically engage with current research design and methods, and their application in social work settings.
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.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
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.
Any 240 points at 100 and 200 level from the Schedule C and E of the BSW(Hons). Head of Department approval mandatory.
HSRV302; HSRV305; SOWK302; SOWK305; SOWK310; SOWK390
Students must attend one activity from each section.
and Gretchen Perry
Qualitative research methods;
Oxford University Press, 2020.
Thyer, Bruce A;
The handbook of social work research methods;
Other course and recommended readings will be provided on LEARN. It is important to regularly check your SOWK340 LEARN page for updates.
Domestic fee $1,570.00
International fee $7,000.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.