Social Work Research Dissertation (SCWK4008)


In this unit students participate in a social work research project under the supervision of an academic staff member. Students will become familiar with the process of developing a research proposal and obtaining ethical approval for a study. Students will apply data collection processes as appropriate to the project and undertake analysis of this data. They develop the skills required to present the findings of their research project both orally and through a research dissertation. Ethical issues and critical debates in social work research will also be examined.

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Further unit of study information


4x3-hr seminars, 30-hrs participation in a social work research project


5000wd research report (70%) and seminar presentation (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

SCWK3009 and SCWK3010 and SCWK4003 and SCWK4005




SCWK4004 and SCWK4002

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.