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Critical Approaches to Social Work Knowledge and Research Methods

The goal of this course is to develop a conceptual basis and skilled capacity for critical social work research. In the early part of the course students will frame and articulate their research focus through engagement with research design. The course will explore theories of knowledge (epistemology) as they relate to students’ emerging research questions. The course then draws on conceptual frameworks to develop students’ capacity to undertake critical social work research through addressing research ethics and research methods commonly used in practice and policy related research. Attention will be paid to power relations in knowledge production and communication, and reflexivity in the research process. The last part of the course offers intellectual and practical support for students as they undertake their thesis research with the guidance of their supervisors.

SOC WORK 739

Critical Approaches to Social Work Knowledge and Research Methods

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter, Fall Offered?: No Language?: No

The goal of this course is to develop a conceptual basis and skilled capacity for critical social work research. In the early part of the course students will frame and articulate their research focus through engagement with research design. The course will explore theories of knowledge (epistemology) as they relate to students’ emerging research questions. The course then draws on conceptual frameworks to develop students’ capacity to undertake critical social work research through addressing research ethics and research methods commonly used in practice and policy related research. Attention will be paid to power relations in knowledge production and communication, and reflexivity in the research process. The last part of the course offers intellectual and practical support for students as they undertake their thesis research with the guidance of their supervisors.


Stephanie Baker Collins

Associate Professor