Social Work | Social Work Research
S371 | 8604 | Hostetter

(Open to Accepted Majors Only)  Social Work Research, the first course in
the research professional content area, provides basic knowledge about
research methodology as it applies to social work.  Social work practice and
research share common features and processes as both are fundamentally
problem-solving enterprises.  Students are encouraged to generalize the
basic concepts and principles of science presented within this course for
use in the knowledge building activities that take place throughout the
broader curriculum.

The general goal of this basic research course is to introduce and develop
skills needed to conceptualize a problem, make use of available literature,
design a research strategy, evaluate, organize, and integrate relevant data
(both existing and new), derive useful solutions based on knowledge, and
communicate those solutions to clients and colleagues.  It is expected that
the attainment of this goal will serve to prepare students to continue their
own professional education, contribute to the development of the profession
as a whole, and maintain their service to clients at a standard commensurate
with the current level of knowledge.

This course is designed to survey the basic processes of research
methodology as practiced in the social sciences.  Underlying principles of
science and logic are emphasized and special attention is directed toward
the recognition of common sources of error and bias in the implementation
and interpretation of research studies as it affects the outcomes of
research utilization.  Students will be better able to recognize the impact
of race, gender, age, and sexual orientation on the research process.