Social workers are guided by theories, research and practice wisdom in their work. It is important for students to be able to understand the importance of knowledge developed from research and to utilize this knowledge in their clinical and administrative practice. In order to build a firm conceptual foundation for research practice and the integration of research into a wide range of social work activities, this course will expose students to social science research ethics and the fundamental elements of social science research methods. Approaches to intervention research, social research and development, clinical research with individuals and groups, single-subject design, case study, qualitative approaches, use of narratives, and process studies will be explored. Students will be required to design an intervention research project and assess its strengths and weaknesses.
This course aims to
- Develop a scientific attitude towards the empirical research process and become familiar with the basic characteristics of social research.
- Understand the nature of the components which are fundamental to the development, and completion of social science research.
- Critically examine the factors involved in the selection of research designs appropriate to the study of social services.
- Acquire knowledge and understanding of various research methods and statistical analysis applicable to social work settings.