Thunder Bay • Orillia

Type D: Health and Behavioural Sciences - Research in Social Work

Social Work 4405 Research in Social Work
Provides students with a basic understanding of: the issues surrounding conceptualization, creation and utilization of knowledge and empirical evidence; the main quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; and the role of research in professional social work practice. Emphasis is placed on research design, including the development of research questions and objectives, conducting comprehensive literature reviews, completing the research ethics process, and collecting and analyzing data. This course will introduce basic statistics including measures of central tendency, variability, and association, significance tests, and statistical analysis. In addition, qualitative approaches to social work research will be explored including but not limited to grounded theory, phenomenology, ethnography, case study and narrative research. A critical examination of selected research materials in the field of social work will be used to appraise research as an integral component of social work practice and competency.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: Note 1: Students may apply for exemption from Social Work 4405 if they have completed 1 FCE in research courses covering both statistics and research methodology with an average of 70% or higher. If exempted, Social Work 4405 must be replaced by 1 FCE of Social Work elective courses. Note 2: May only be taken by students enroled in the 4th year of the Social Work program or students in the One-Year Social Work program.
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type D: Health and Behavioral Sciences