SOWK640-21W (D) Whole Year 2021 (Distance)

Practice research for social work

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 practice
  • Demonstrate 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 practice
  • Identify skills they have developed as emerging social work practitioner researchers.


  • 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.
    • 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.

      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.

      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.


Subject to approval of the HOD.


SOWK621/HSRV421; SOWK617


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 12:00 Rehua 005
22 Feb - 28 Feb
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 12:00 Wheki 451
10 May - 16 May
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 17:00 Undercroft 101 26 Jul - 1 Aug
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 17:00 Undercroft 101 27 Sep - 3 Oct

Course Coordinators

Raewyn Tudor and Gretchen Perry


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online Participation 10% Provite four (4) 200 word posts
Online Quizzes 20%
Group Annotated Bibliography 01 Apr 2021 10%
Research Proposal 14 Jun 2021 30% Word count: 3500 +/- 10% including references
Quantitative Research Article Critique 18 Oct 2021 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Liamputtong, Pranee; Qualitative research methods ; Fifth edition; Oxford University Press, 2019.

Thyer, Bruce A; The handbook of social work research methods ; 2nd ed; SAGE, 2010.

Other course and recommended readings will be provided on LEARN.  It is important to regularly check your SOWK340 AKO|LEARN page for updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,905.00

* 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 .

All SOWK640 Occurrences

  • SOWK640-21W (D) Whole Year 2021 (Distance)