Social Research Methods

HMNS 2440

Social Research Methods

 

Course Description

HMNS 2440 Social Research Methods is designed to provide an introduction to the content and methods of social work research. The basic goals of this course will be to provide the student with an introduction to and basic development of the skills need to conceptualize a problem, review existing literature and design a research strategy. The course will also introduce the student on evaluation, organization and integration of data and the ability to use research findings in direct social work practice.

Course Objectives

    1. To provide an understanding of the scientific process and its role in human service provision.
    2. To provide an introduction to the skills necessary to assess and interpret available research literature.
    3. To provide the skills necessary to conceptualize a problem, formulate and operationalize a research question.
    4. To provide awareness of the skills necessary to design a research strategy, and to collect, analyze and interpret data.
    5. To be able to identify the value assumptions and the ethical dilemmas involved in efforts to work with human behavior.

ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ADHERE TO THE STANDARDS OF THE

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS CODE OF ETHICS.

STUDENTS WITH ANY SPECIAL NEEDS SHOULD INFORM THE INSTRUCTOR.

Required Texts

Royse, D. 1999. Research Methods in Social Work (3rd Edition). Chicago: Nelson-Hall.

Kranzler, G. & Moursund, J. 1999. Statistics for the Terrified.  New Jersey:  Prentice Hall.

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