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Undergraduate Course: From Research into Practice: Landmarks in Social Work Research (SCWR08005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  49
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 Essay 2000 words - 50%
1 Practice/Research Review 1500 words - 50%

Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the substantive findings of major classic and contemporary research studies and research programmes in social work.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of methodological issues in social work research, including the role of exploratory and evaluative studies.
  3. Describe the processes of research dissemination, uptake and application in service practice.
  4. Describe the relationship between research and policymaking for the personal social services.
  5. Understand the place of social work values in the development of social work practice and research.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks commencing second week of semester.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr John Devaney
Tel: (0131 6)51 5363
Course secretaryMr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925
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