Postgraduate Course: Advanced Issues in Social Work Research (PGSP11089)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||(1) A series of fortnightly 2-hour seminars (Approaches to Social Work Research) which run throughout the year. All MSc by Research and probationary PhD students are expected to attend and to make presentations on their research project (at least one in each semester), focusing on the professional and theoretical context for their work. Social work staff members are responsible for input on the topics noted below.
(2) Students are expected to attend subject group 'research-in-progress' meetings which are held regularly across the academic year. This is a forum for staff and students to explore and discuss ongoing research, review papers and discuss general research issues as a joint staff-student group.
(3) In the period immediately before the summer vacation, as part of their formal assessment for upgrading to PhD status, students present dissertation/proposal work in progress to a broader group (Research in Progress), including all research students and staff in the Subject Group.
Advanced Issues in Social Work Research is a compulsory course for MSc/Diploma by Research (Social Work) students, first year PhD students and students in the training year of the PhD (1+3 model). On-course doctoral students in Social Work are expected to attend the research-in-progress meetings and are invited to all other relevant sessions. All staff in Social Work are invited to attend.
The course provides an opportunity to build a community of social work researchers and support learning from each other's knowledge and experience. The course aims to encourage engagement with methodological and theoretical debates in social work and social science research. Transferable skills are enhanced through presentations of on-going work from researchers and staff.
Introduction: Defining social work research? In this session we will consider key issues and debates on the distinctive features of social work research.
A range of topics relevant to social work research is considered in the following sessions and will normally include:
Ethics and consent in social work research
Co-researching with service users: incorporating service user perspectives
Action Research in social work
Using ethnography in social work research.
Narrative Methods in Social Work Research.
Longitudinal Perspectives in Social Work Research: exploring the potential of administrative data.
Writing for publication in social work.
Building impact into your research.
At the end of the first semester there is a work-in-progress session providing an opportunity for students to present and discuss their developing work.
Final session(s) - at the end of the course students are required to give an oral presentation of their proposed research.
Students are expected to attend regular staff/student research-in-progress meetings, normally arranged five times in the academic year.
The course is taught through seminars and presentations. You will be expected to undertake advance reading before each session to enable you to engage with relevant methodological and theoretical debates. There will be opportunities to build your skills in presenting and discussing your work. The course is primarily for postgraduate research students in social work but specific sessions may be open to other cognate disciplines.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
"Seems like 100% practical
|Assessment (Further Info)
||Presentations are not formally marked but fellow postgraduate research students and academic staff will provide verbal feedback.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Display practical familiarity with a range of research methodologies relevant to social work research
- Display a capacity to locate research issues and processes within a political, ethical and professional context
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the centrality of service user perspectives and participation within the construction, implementation and dissemination of research
- Display advanced familiarity with subject specific literature (including historical aspects, social trends, political context, professional practice and policy issues) and relevant organisational, inter-agency/disciplinary perspectives and cross-national comparisons
- Be in command of relevant practical and ethical requirements such as choice of research sites; ethical committees; informed consent; gaining access permission and developing agreed mechanisms for on-going consent and sharing work in progress
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||3 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s).
|Course organiser||Ms Janice Mcghee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3910
|Course secretary||Ms Agata Paluba
Tel: (0131 6)51 5070
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