This 20-credit module provides essential learning and is a pre-requisite for those intending to take the Applied Dissertation (40 credits) in the spring, normally as the final stage of the MA in Advanced Social Work. Please note that the MA can be achieved via 180 credits of any of the modules in the framework and this Introduction to Research Methods and the Applied Dissertation are an option for the MA and not a requirement.
The module aims to introduce you to some research methods used in research in social work and related disciplines. It will enhance your understanding of different research methods and equip you with the competence to evaluate published research. In addition, you will gain skills to allow you to undertake a small scale project.
You will learn a range of skills relating to gathering and interpreting data including interviewing, evaluating research claims and considering limitations of research. Your learning will provide a grounding for many activities in the workplace and in particular as preparation for the Applied Dissertation module (SWK-7006X).
By the end of this module you will be able to:
- Understand and explain different approaches and methods of research and their use in different situations
(SWK-7031A) INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS: DESIGN AND ANALYSIS (2021/22)
- Appreciate the importance of taking a critical stance when reading about research
- Develop and present a research proposal, justifying your research method and dealing appropriately with ethical issues.
The teaching days will include lectures, structured class exercises/activities and discussion. Each day there will be time for you to discuss your proposed research.