SOWK673-23W (D) Whole Year 2023 (Distance)

Practice Research Integration

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 is specifically designed for students with a demonstrated ability to conduct advanced research and/or progress to thesis writing. The course requires students to demonstrate the application of their knowledge and understanding in relation to a specific social work issue and to take an active role in developing an investigation for the benefit of a wider audience. The course will require students to plan a small scale research project and complete a research report.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse social science research traditions and design strategies that affect knowledge development for social work research and practice.
  • Highly developed skills needed for self-directed, independent social work research.
  • Critically evaluate components of ethical research practice
  • Critically analyse knowledge and application of bicultural and multicultural components necessary for the completion of a practice research project
  • Demonstrate advanced skills for engagement with a practice research community.
  • Plan and conduct a research project that is philosophically, methodologically and ethically congruent for a specialised social work context or issue.
  • Demonstrate advanced capacity to articulate ideas and analysis orally and in writing
    • 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 Head of Department.


SOWK490, SOWK624, SOWK670


Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Meremere 526
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Literature Review 08 Apr 2022 25%
Ethics Application 27 May 2022 25%
Research Report 07 Oct 2022 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Bryman, Alan; Social research methods ; 4th ed; Oxford University Press, 2012.

Fouchae, Christa; Practice research partnerships in social work : making a difference ; Policy Press, 2015.

Gaudet, Stephanie , Robert, Dominique; A journey through qualitative research : from design to reporting ; Sage, 2018.

Liamputtong, Pranee , Ezzy, Douglas; Qualitative research methods ; 2nd ed; Oxford University Press, 2005.

Rubin, Allen. , Babbie, Earl R; Essential research methods for social work ; Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2007.

Shaw, Ian , Holland, Sally; Doing qualitative research in social work ; SAGE Publications, 2014.

Throughout the course recommended readings and resources will be uploaded to the course LEARN site.

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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 25

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All SOWK673 Occurrences

  • SOWK673-23W (D) Whole Year 2023 (Distance)