SWK3501EN - Social Research Methods I

Course description

This is the first in a series of research courses for social work students. This course introduces students to the basic elements of research design in the social sciences with particular attention to social work research. This course is designed to teach the foundational research knowledge and skills fundamental to evidence-based social work practice at the case, program, and policy levels.

How this course benefits students

After successful completion of this course, student will be able to: 1) Introduce to the aspects of epistemology relevant to the social sciences, especially social work; 2) Explore the working knowledge of the language of research in order to use research terminology precisely and accurately and understand the elements and phases of research; 3) Evaluate the quality of research done by others and have increased facility in designing research, especially in aspects preceding data analysis; 4) Develop an increased knowledge of tools useful in planning, conducting, and reporting the results of research such as data collection instruments and publication formats; 5) Understand the standards for the ethical conduct of research, including human subjects protection, and their relationship to the social work value base.

Why this course is important

planning and contracting

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Social Work
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

In the “Great Flood” God provided Noah with specific instructions to follow. Social Research is very similar in taking information in the same way such knowledge is necessary for both understanding and utilizing research findings to inform practice as well as planning and carrying out research related to social work practice and social welfare issues.

Missionally driven

Students will understand qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating outcomes and practice effectiveness. As well as other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes

Contextually informed

Developing Evidence Based Practices by collecting and assessing data

Interculturally focused

defining problems

Practically minded

using appropriate practice research knowledge

Experientially transformed