Undergraduate Course: From Research into Practice: Landmarks in Social Work Research (SCWR08005)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course is intended to enhance your understanding of the place of research in social work practice by drawing on and promoting informed discussion of past and contemporary research and its impact on social work practice, policy and service development in a variety of settings and amongst different user groups.
The provision of social work services is an important part of many societies around the world. But how do we know that they are effective? And what sort of knowledge underpins the provision of these services? In this course, students will learn about the history of social work research, including a range of research studies on topics such as adoption, loss, childcare, mental health and offending behaviour. The course covers historical research, including studies from the 1960s and 1970s, through bodies of research that have developed over the last 20 years, right up to cutting edge research. During the course, students will learn about different research methods, and consider the strengths and weaknesses of different ways of undertaking research, including studies that focus on specific interventions and others that are more focused on people┐s lives and experiences. Students will also learn about and reflect on the complex relationships between research, policy and practice. The course is valuable for anyone seeking a career in social work or other helping professions, as well as those who have a general interest in social services or the relationship between research, policy and practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 Essay 2000 words - 50%
1 Practice/Research Review 1500 words - 50%
||The course includes briefing sessions for the essay and Practice/Research Review where advice and guidance will be offered and students may ask questions. Students will receive individual written feedback on their essays and Practice/Research Review
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the substantive findings of major classic and contemporary research studies and research programmes in social work.
- Demonstrate understanding of methodological issues in social work research, including the role of exploratory and evaluative studies.
- Describe the processes of research dissemination, uptake and application in service practice.
- Describe the relationship between research and policymaking for the personal social services.
- Understand the place of social work values in the development of social work practice and research.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||1 hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks commencing second week of semester.
|Course organiser||Dr John Devaney
Tel: (0131 6)51 5363
|Course secretary||Mr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925