SWK3501 Social Research Methods I

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Dana Knighten

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:

Students will have a foundation of theoretical concepts required to understand, analyze, and evaluate ethical and quality social work practice assessments and interventions.