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Knowledge and skills in practice research and evaluation as methods of research appropriate for social service practitioners.
This semester-long paper is aimed at master's level students wishing to prepare for thesis or other large projects and at practitioners wanting to extend their knowledge and skills in social services research and evaluation. It provides an introduction to the three major research paradigms (qualitative, quantitative and mixed method).
|Paper title||Social Services Research and Evaluation|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2022, expected to be offered in 2024 (Distance learning)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,415.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- SOWX 520
- Limited to
- PGDipSW, MSW, PGDipCCP
- Admission subject to approval from Head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work.
- Suitable for master's level students and professionals working in any human service setting. This paper forms part of the Master of Social Work programme. Students are encouraged to take this paper just prior to commencing their thesis.
- More information link
- Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Professor Amanda Barusch
- Paper Structure
- This paper covers these key themes:
- General introduction and understanding of the three research methods
- Theoretical frameworks and rationale
- Research design
- Data collection and analysis
- Ethical issues
- Practical considerations in human services research
- Teaching Arrangements
- There will be compulsory workshops for this paper; information about these will be
provided with the course books.
Other teaching arrangements include video conferencing, Blackboard and other distance technology.
- Bryman, A. (2012) Social Research Methods (4th Edition). Oxford University Press.
Other required readings will be available on Blackboard.
- Course outline
- This will be provided with the course book.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Outcomes for those undertaking SOWK 520:
- To have gained an awareness and understanding of important research perspectives, research methods and skills relevant to the field of social services
- To be able to critically evaluate and apply a wide range of research knowledge and skills to social work practice, policy and documentation
- To have considered key ethical and cultural issues arising from social services research
- To have been equipped for the task of undertaking and completing a significant research project