SWSP5602 Research Methods

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit deals with logic and methods of social enquiry; the nature and scope of social work and social policy research; policy analysis and evaluation; issues of design and methodology; data collection; analysis of empirical and non-empirical data; and ethical/political issues in research. The content and structure are negotiated according to individual/collective needs and interests.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced familiarity with relevant literature; (2) achieve a high level of critical awareness of themes, issues and debates relevant to the area; (3) relate concepts, theories and research to their practice experience; and (4) where relevant, apply their learning directly in their practice and research settings.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research question and design for three types of research and (2) research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Susan Young
Contact hours
5 days (6 hours per day)
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-J-4_2019]
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