SOCWORK 718 - Applied Research in Social Services

Course code
Applied Research in Social Services
Counselling, Human Services, and Social Work
Delivery modes
Online Scheduled Sessions
Course director

Christa Fouche

Course description

Examines the role of applied research within professional practice. An in-depth examination of research methods, traditions and techniques particularly used in analysing, evaluating and auditing social service programmes and practices. Aims to enhance and develop the knowledge and understanding of students with regard to the nature and application of a broad range of research methods, the role of theory, ethics and politics in research and in developing a research proposal.

Choosing a research methods course

Research methods courses in education, social work or counselling prepare you for exploring answers to questions or testing theories about what works. They help students to develop expertise in disciplined inquiry. A range of courses are offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Work to prepare students for effectively researching and evaluating a programme or problem of practice in the most appropriate way. Research methods courses are organised under four major themes:

  • Educational research
    Diverse methods spanning experimental/scientific to interpretive/post-modern approaches that focus on policy, teachers and teaching, students and learning, from pre-school to higher education.
  • Practitioner research
    Methods that examine how best to conduct research with and by practitioners in their professional contexts.
  • Kaupapa Māori research
    Methods that respect and utilise Māori perspectives on knowledge and knowing focused on research with, by, and for Māori.
  • Social Work and Counselling research
    Methods used in applied and theoretical research within social work and counselling professional practices that inform social and community research.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course, it is intended that students will be able to: Articulate knowledgeably the process to conduct research in a professional context. Demonstrate the ability to locate, appraise and report on existing research and current literature as it informs evidence-based practice. Demonstrate confidence and skill in the selection of research strategies and methods to design a research project. Assess ethical considerations, guidelines and / or requirements of conducting research within a professional context. Articulate effectively a proposed project and its ethical implications in a research proposal.

    Currently scheduled classes

    2021 Online/Blended (Semester 1): Online scheduled sessions on Thursdays and Fridays 11th and 12th March, 18th and 19th March, 29th and 30th April, 13th and 14 May from 9:00am to 12:30pm

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