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SOCW-301 - Introduction to Social Work Research - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-301 - Introduction to Social Work Research - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course introduces students to research as 'a way of thinking' and considers the relationship of research to social work practice. It challenges students to examine their own approach to knowing, to incorporate research skills into practice, and to think critically about research findings in relation to social work practice. Students will be introduced to the concepts, methods, and processes of social work research and will begin to develop skills in conducting research and critically assessing research processes and outcomes. We will look at the many purposes for which research is undertaken and applied in social work and discuss methodologies that are commonly used in social work research. The course will examine what social work research is, why and how we conduct research, how we understand and interpret research as professional consumers, and understand the parallels between the research process and planned change. It also considers the ways in which research can be an instrument of power in the lives of oppressed peoples, and views competence in the language and process of research as a necessary skill for social workers interested in social justice. As such, the subjectivity of the researcher and the political and ethical context of research will be of paramount concern in this course.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Core Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2024 (January - April)
  • Spring 2025 (January - April)
  • Prerequisites : SOCW 200A, SOCW 200B, or third year standing or permission of department head.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications:

    Relevant Master's Degree.

    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 39
    Student Evaluation
    Assignment #1 20% Assignment #2 25% Assignment #3 25% Assignment #4 20% Participation 10% Grading procedures follow the UCC policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon completion of this course the student should demonstrate knowledge, skills and/or attitudes in the following:

    • Have an operational definition of research practice that complements generalist human service practice;

    • Appreciate that there exist different ways of gaining knowledge, of which research is one;

    • Understand the meanings of descriptive, associative, and inferential statistics; and

    • Demonstrate critical thinking by applying scientific analysis concepts in assessing and using research and evaluation studies.

    Text and Materials: Williams, M., Tutty, L. and Grinnel, R. (1995): Researching Social Work — An Introduction (2nd ed.). F.E. Peacock Publishers: Itasca. Illinois.

    Tutty, L., Rothery, M. and Grinnel, R. (1996). Qualitative Research for Social Workers. Allyn and Bacon, Toronto.
    Other Resources:

    • Hudson, Waiter and Paula Murius. (1994) Controversial Issues in Social Work Research. Allyn and Bacon, Toronto.

    • Taylor, Steven and Bogdan, Robert. (1984). Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods. John Wiley and Sons, Toronto.

    • Lofland, John and Lofland, Lyn. (1984). Analyzing; Social Settings: A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis. Wadsworth, Belmn. California.

    • Neilsen, Joyce. (1990) Feminist Research Methods. Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado.

    • Rubin, Allen and Babble, Earl. (1993) Research Methods for Social Work (2nd Edition). Wadsworth Publishers, Belmont.

    • Neuman, W. Lawrence. (1994). Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Ouantitative Approaches (2nd Edition). Allyn and Bacon. Toronto.

    • Hudson, Joe, Manyne, John and Thomlison, Ray. (1992). Action-Oriented Evaluation in Organizations Canadian Practices. Wall and Emerson. Toronto.

    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Instructors regularly modify and update course outlines. For the most recent version please contact the department.
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    TH9:00AM - 12:00PM08 Jan 202405 Apr 2024
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    TH9:00AM - 12:00PM06 Jan 202504 Apr 2025