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SCWK2006: Research Skills for Social Change

Social workers are increasingly required to understand and communicate the research base of their practice, and to become practitioner-researchers in their own right. This unit aims to help students develop an understanding of the ways social workers use research in different practice contexts: assessing community needs, formulating policies, developing new services, evaluating programs, enhancing social work practice, and developing theory. Students are introduced to quantitative and qualitative approaches and methods in social work research, in the context of specific practice fields including mental health, domestic violence, community development, and policy advocacy.

Code SCWK2006
Academic unit Social Work
Credit points 6
48 credit points including (SCLG1001 and SCLG1002) or (12cp of SCLG1U01) or 12cp of 1000 level units in Diversity Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the roles of research in social work practice and policy in a variety of contexts
  • LO2. articulate an understanding of, and rationale for, different approaches to social research design, including quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • LO3. demonstrate a basic grasp of research design, including matching research questions with appropriate methodologies
  • LO4. show awareness of ethical, organisational, and political issues in social research.