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HSW221 - Social Work Research in Ethical and Political Contexts

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*

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

Russell Shuttleworth

Prerequisite:

or corequisite: HSW101 and HSW111

Corequisite:

or prerequisite: HSW101 and HSW111

Incompatible with:

Nil

Note:

*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery

Content

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 HSW322.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Discussion of key issues in social research methodology and design (2000 words) 45%
Assessment task 2: A review of the research literature on a social work topic, discussion of its ethical and political contexts (2000 words) and compilation of an index of the literature review process 45%
Assessment task 3: Class participation 10%

Unit Fee Information

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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