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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.
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 practiceCritically analyse knowledge and application of bicultural and multicultural components necessary for the completion of a practice research projectDemonstrate 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
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.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
SOWK490, SOWK624, SOWK670
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Social research methods
Oxford University Press, 2012.
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
Liamputtong, Pranee , Ezzy, Douglas;
Qualitative research methods
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.
Domestic fee $1,990.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.
Maximum enrolment is 25
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences