SWK3502EN - Social Research Methods II

Course description

This is the second in a sequence of two courses that present concepts of the social work research process as well as the methods that are employed. This course will expand on the methods of assessment and evaluation which are important to a generalist practice. In this course, students will be introduced to various aspects of research design, including, problem definition, ethical research practice, cultural sensitive research practice, and a variety of different research methods. Attention will be focused on understanding the research issues and applying them in practice settings. The application will be reinforced through course assignments.

How this course benefits students

After successful completion of this course, student will be able to: 1) Develop an understanding and an awareness of the importance of research in the social work profession; 2) Identify and describe the various steps in the research process; 3) Assess the quality of research in current professional journal articles, especially as it relates to quality, relevance, and utility for social work practice; 4) Critique specific pieces of research for its ability to attend to the needs presented by culturally diverse client populations; 5) Protect research respondents and be familiar with ethical issues that warrant attention in conducting research and know appropriate ways to avoid or resolve potential dilemmas; 6) Demonstrate proficient use of library and other resources to locate relevant literature.

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