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SOWK480 Research Project

A research paper in which key elements of social work practice are integrated within a research framework.

This paper views research as an integral part of social work education. The ability to appreciate and engage in research contributes to effective social work practice. Social service organisations value workers who are familiar with basic practice and policy-oriented research.

Paper title Research Project
Paper code SOWK480
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year, First Semester, Full Year, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,286.42
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,267.52

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Prerequisite
126 300-level SOWK or SOWX points
Restriction
SOWX 480
Limited to
BSW, MA
Eligibility
This is a compulsory paper in the Bachelor of Social Work programme.
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Patrick Vakaoti and social work programme staff
Paper Structure
The paper covers these key areas:
  • Critical engagement with research topic
  • Theoretical awareness and application
  • Research informed response to social issues
Assessment:
  • Assignments (85%)
  • Workshop presentation (15%)
Teaching Arrangements
The paper does not have any taught content. Students are assigned supervisors at the beginning of the paper. There are three compulsory workshops (start of first semester, end of first semester and end of second semester).
Textbooks
There is no recommended text.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing the paper students will
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of a social work issue
  • Critically engage with theories, legislations and policies
  • Draw on placement experiences to develop effective practice
  • Develop a relevant, critical and ethical framework for practice
Course outline

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 09:00-16:50 10
AND
B1 Wednesday 09:00-16:50 22
AND
C1 Monday 09:00-16:50 41
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 41
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 41

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 11, 13-15, 19, 21

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 09:00-16:50 10
AND
B1 Wednesday 09:00-16:50 22
AND
C1 Monday 09:00-16:50 41
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 41
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 41

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

A research paper in which key elements of social work practice are integrated within a research framework.

This paper views research as an integral part of social work education. The ability to appreciate and engage in research contributes to effective social work practice. Social service organisations value workers who are familiar with basic practice and policy-oriented research.

Paper title Research Project
Paper code SOWK480
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year, First Semester, Full Year, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,312.10
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,352.87

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Prerequisite
126 300-level SOWK or SOWX points
Restriction
SOWK 580, SOWX 480
Limited to
BSW, MA
Eligibility
This is a compulsory paper in the Bachelor of Social Work programme.
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Peter Walker and social work programme staff
Paper Structure
The paper covers these key areas:
  • Critical engagement with research topic
  • Theoretical awareness and application
  • Research informed response to social issues
Assessment:
  • Assignments (85%)
  • Workshop presentation (15%)
Teaching Arrangements
The paper does not have any taught content. Students are assigned supervisors at the beginning of the paper. There are three compulsory workshops (start of first semester, end of first semester and end of second semester).
Textbooks
There is no recommended text.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing the paper students will
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of a social work issue
  • Critically engage with theories, legislations and policies
  • Draw on placement experiences to develop effective practice
  • Develop a relevant, critical and ethical framework for practice

^ Top of page

Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 09:00-16:50 10
AND
B1 Wednesday 09:00-16:50 22
AND
C1 Monday 09:00-16:50 41
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 41
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 41

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 11, 13, 15-16, 19, 21

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 09:00-16:50 10
AND
B1 Wednesday 09:00-16:50 22
AND
C1 Monday 09:00-16:50 41
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 41
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 41

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None