SWK702 Advanced Social Research Methods (16)

This subject explores research methodology, epistemology, axiology and ontology relevant to the candidate's research topic. Opportunities are provided for candidates and their supervisor/s to extend and reflect on the relationship between research ethics and advanced methodological processes required for research and to gauge progress as the foundations of the research project are developed.


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

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Social Work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of methodology, epistemology, axiology and ontology
  • be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the principles of ethical social research
  • be able to understand the issues involved in formulating a research question
  • be able to undertake initial planning of a research process to explore a research topic
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of a range of data collection and analysis methods at an advanced level
  • be able to critically evaluate published research
  • be able to identify and use appropriate research tools (software programs such as, but not limited to SPSS, NVivo, and the like)
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the research process
  • be able to actively and constructively engage with the supervisory team


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The research process (including supervision)
  • Ontology, axiology, epistemology and methodology of research
  • Principles of ethical social research
  • Developing a research question
  • Quantitative, qualitative and emancipatory research within the social work context
  • Research methods and tools to assist the research project
  • The range of strategies to disseminate research findings to diverse audiences
  • Reviewing progress-to-date and forward-planning

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SWK702 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assignment 1
Assignment 2

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.