SWK504 Human Services Research Methods (8)


This subject will prepare students for post-graduate human services research by examining different epistemologies and methodologies and by focussing on research methods appropriate to human services situations. Topics will include needs analysis, program evaluation and action research as well as survey research design, sampling, methods of data collection, data analysis and presentation of research findings.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Understand the place of research in human services
Be able to differentiate between epistemologies and methodologies relevant to the human services field
Understand types of sampling, methods of data collection and data analysis techniques appropriate to human services settings
Have developed research proposals and written up research reports
Understand the ethical components of human services research
Understand the social and political context in which research takes place
Understand the place of research as a tool for social change


The subject will cover the following topics:
Importance of Human Services Research and the Ethical Implications Epistemology of Human Services Research Overview of different approaches to research eg feminist, quantitative, qualitative Traditional Social Science Methods Feminist Methods Critical Interpretative Methods Conducting a Needs Analysis Program Evaluation Secondary and Discourse Analysis Action Research Field Research Presentation of Research findings Data Analysis Research, Policy and Change


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.