SWK702 Advanced Human Services Research (16)


This subject provides advanced human services research training. An examination of the epistemology of human service research will be undertaken. Students will study quantitative, qualitative and emancipatory research methodologies and their application to social work research situations at an advanced level. In addition students are expected to become proficient with SPSS and either N-Vivo or Ethnograph.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SWK702
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Doctor of Social Work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of social work research epistemology
- be aware to demonstrate awareness of ethical issues relating to social work research
- be able to undertake quantitative, qualitative and emancipatory research within the context of social work practice
- be able to analyse research data to an advanced level
- be able to present research findings
- be able to assess the research findings of others
- be able to use SPSS and N-Vivo or Ethnograph


The subject will cover the following topics:
- human services research epistemology - ethical issues related to social work research - social work research methodology and methods - self-reflexive practice - evidence-based practice - data analysis - computer programs (SPSS, N-Vivo or Ethnograph) for data analysis - presentation of research findings; and - critical examination of human services research articles


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.