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SOWK580 Research Project

A supervised social work research project based on the student’s topic of interest. The project should demonstrate knowledge of integrative and critical social work research and practice.

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 have a greater understanding of practice and policy-oriented research.

Paper title Research Project
Paper code SOWK580
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year, Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,535.97
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,439.89

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Prerequisite
120 500-lvel SOWK points
Restriction
SOWK 480
Limited to
Limited to: MSCW (Applied), PGDipSW
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Nicola Atwool.

Paper Structure
The paper covers these key areas:
  • Critical engagement with the 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.
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Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing the paper students will, at an advanced level:
  • Develop 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

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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 Monday 09:00-16:50 41
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 41
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 22, 41
Thursday 09:00-16:50 10

Full Year

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

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-16:50 41
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 41
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 22, 41
Thursday 09:00-16:50 10