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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|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1
Semester 1 (On campus)
Full Year (Distance learning)
Full Year (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,380.11|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,801.79|
- 126 300-level SOWK or SOWX points
- SOWK 580, SOWX 480
- Limited to
- BSW, MA
- This is a compulsory paper in the Bachelor of Social Work programme.
- More information link
- Teaching staff
Associate Professor Nicola Atwool 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
- 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).
- There is no recommended text.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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- 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