Courses & Units

Social Work Research Practice HGW423



Restricted to BSW(Hons)


Social Work Research Practice examines research methodologies that are utilised by social workers in working towards a more just, humane and inclusive society. Themes of decolonisation, collaboration and sustainability create a focus for designing research processes that are participative and ethical. You will use existing research-evidence from a range of sources to identify a research project you could implement. Using critical analysis and critical reflection, you will be equipped with knowledge, skills and techniques in research development appropriate and consistent with a social change agenda and the ethical base of social work theory and practice.


Unit name Social Work Research Practice
Unit code HGW423
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work

Associate Professor Anthea Vreugdenhil

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Design projects and research that respect and take into account the diversity of values and cultural protocols of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  2. Propose ethical, methodologically sound and responsible social work research with diverse populations that tackles locally meaningful and world relevant global challenges.
  3. Plan collaborative and cooperative social work projects and research that can improve people’s lives.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090501

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HGW302, HGW303, HGW308, HGW312 and HGW327.


Teaching Pattern

Each week, over a 10-week period, you will complete an hour of online learning activities (including lectures, videos, podcasts and other activities). You will also have approximately one hour of reading to complete each week. In total, you will need to allow 8-at least 10 hours per week to complete all of the learning and assessments for this unit, including independent study.


Online quiz (10%); Rationale for research project 1000-words (30%); Research proposal 2000-words (60%)

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