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HSW322 - Applied Social Research in Ethical and Political Context

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online)^ with significant campus requirements

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (H330)

Unit chair:

Russell Shuttleworth


HSW221 and HSW314 (or appropriate experience in human services organisations as approved by the unit chair)



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Online independent and collaborative learning experiences, including 6 online workshops scheduled during the trimester.

IKE (CBD): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including fortnightly online workshops, as per Cloud (online) students' scheduled learning commitments. Students must also attend and participate in 2 x 5 day (10 days) intensives at the Institute of Koorie Education, Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Campus.

^Students must attend and participate in a 1 day workshop at Waterfront (Geelong) - date to be advised.


The unit aims to develop students' research skills as another social work method or approach, through an understanding of research as applied in evaluation and needs assessment. The unit shows how applied research through evaluation and needs assessment is linked to policies, programs and modes of practice (case work, group work and community work), and can facilitate change through identifying gaps in services and evaluating the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of existing policies, programs and practices. The unit will introduce students to approaches, designs and methods that can be applied through appropriate research to enhance social work practice and to achieve social change.


Assessment task 1: Outline of research proposal and literature review (evaluation or needs assessment - 1500 words) 35%

Assessment task 2: Proposal (2500 words - and appended literature review) 55%

Assessment task 3: CloudDeakin participation 10%


Hurdle requirement

Attendance at a 1 day seminar held during trimester at Waterfront (Geelong) campus

Prescribed texts

Royse, D, Thyer, BA & Padgett, DK (2014), Program Evaluation: An Introduction, 6th edn, Cengage Learning, Boston MA, USA.

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