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.
1x2-hr lecture/wk and 1x1-hr tutorial/wk
Short essay (30%) and research plan (25%) and research project paper (45%)
48 Junior credit points including (SCLG1001 and SCLG1002) or (12cp of SCLG1U01)