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HSW221 - Social Work Research in Ethical and Political Contexts

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Enrolment modes:

(CBD, S, X)

Credit point(s):1
Offerings: Trimester 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

R Shuttleworth (S)


or corequisite: HSW101 and HSW111

Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


This unit aims to demystify social research by showing how it is a formal process of social inquiry which builds on the ways in which we daily inquire into social events and construct everyday knowledge about what we need to know. The approach taken is that there are different ways of knowing, which influence how we understand social problems and formulate research questions. Students will be introduced to the basics of research design for social work practice. This includes an overview of a range of research methods and approaches. The unit also shows how ‘research’ is an important part of the relationship between ‘theory’ and ‘practice’, in all its forms: as direct service, policy and program development and evaluation. The unit provides a basis for ASK322/HSW322.


Assignment 1 comprises a literature review (1000 words) and compiling an index of the literature review research 40%, assignment 2 is a discussion of key issues in preparing a research proposal (3000 words) 60%

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