2021 information for papers will be published in early September.
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|
|Points||20 points 20 points|
|Teaching period(s)||Full Year, Full Year|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,566.65|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,661.93|
- 120 500-lvel SOWK points
- SOWK 480
- Limited to
- MSCW (Applied), PGDipSW
- More information link
- 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
- 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, 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