SOWK640-23W (D) Whole Year 2023 (Distance)

Practice research for social work

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


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.

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 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
20 Feb - 26 Feb
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
1 May - 7 May
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
24 Jul - 30 Jul
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
25 Sep - 1 Oct

Course Coordinator

Raewyn Tudor


Letitia Meadows


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online Participation 10%
Online Quizzes 20% 4 Online Quizzes - details on LEARN
Online Post 25 Mar 2022 10%
Quantitative Research article critique 30 Jun 2022 20%
Group Annotated Bibliography 25 Aug 2022 10%
Research Proposal 31 Oct 2022 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Liamputtong, Pranee; Qualitative research methods ; Fifth edition; Oxford University Press, 2019 (For Semester 2).

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 $1,990.00

* 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

  • SOWK640-23W (D) Whole Year 2023 (Distance)