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HSW322 - Applied Social Research in Ethical and Political Context

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online)^

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: Nil
Contact hours:

Students are required to learn via course materials and interations with the teaching staff and others students in CloudDeakin.
^They are also expected to attend a one day seminar at Waterfront (Geelong) - dates 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%

Prescribed texts

DePoy, E & Gilson, SF (2003), Evaluation Practice: Thinking and Action Principles for Social Work Practice, Brooks/Cole: Thomson Learning, California, USA.

Royse, D, Thyer, BA & Padgett, DK (2010), Program Evaluation: An Introduction, 5th edn, Brooks/Cole: Thomson Learning, California, USA.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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