SWK704 Social Work Research Proposal (16)

Issues and questions which arise from the candidate's professional practice in social work provide the basis of the research project. From these an extended research proposal is developed by the candidate in a collaborative learning environment. The proposal is defended by presentation to the faculty of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and professional practitioners in the candidate's proposed area of research. Candidates also complete a research proposal form and address processes and procedures for preparing an ethics application (if required) for submission to the University.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SWK704. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Doctor of Social Work

Assumed Knowledge
SWK701 and SWK702

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate the relationship between the candidate's professional work in social work and research in social work;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the key literature in the specified area of research and its application to the professional practice of social work;
  • be able to build an argument from that literature to justify the proposed research question;
  • be able to demonstrate the methodological knowledge and skills to carry out the proposed research;
  • be able to develop a research proposal, and proffer a defence of that proposal;
  • be able to respond appropriately to critical comment from the reviewers of the research proposal; and
  • be able to demonstrate an informed understanding of ethical conduct in research involving human participants, and the processes and procedures for developing an ethics application.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • This subject is taken under supervision. Therefore the syllabus is tailored to the individual student's research topic, and is negotiated between the student and the supervisor.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.