SWK3502 Social Research Methods II

Course Overview

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

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:

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