|Name of course|
Basic Scientific Theory and Research Methods in Social Work
Faculty of health and occupational studies
Name: Jimmy Munobwa
Name: Lena Hjelm
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Period for course registration: 9 december – 15 december
Lectures and seminars
The course is campus-based; all lectures, seminars and the individual class-based examination will be held at the university campus in Gävle. The course begins on Monday 16th December 2019 with an introductory lecture aimed at going through information about the course and clarifying on issues as may be needed. Attendance of the introductory seminar is compulsory. A roll call is done at the introductory seminar.
The course proceeds with a combination of lectures, seminars and practical exercises. The details and schedule are given in the course’s study guide which is available on blackboard latest one week before the course begins. Please note that changes may occur in the schedule. Notification of changes are communicated through blackboard.
All seminars and practical exercises are compulsory; that is, full attendance and participation is obligatory. Seminars are part of the examination. It is desirable that students attend all the lectures, although attendance is not compulsory (except for the introductory lecture).
Schedule and venues
The course begins on Monday 16th December 2019 and runs until Friday 17th January 2019. Examination will be held during the third week of January 2019. Re-examination will be held in February, April and August 2019. A detailed schedule will be availed in the study guide on blackboard before the course begins.
Examination task 1 – Formulating a research project
The task will be carried out in study groups; all students will be allocated into study groups and given a specific research field within social work. The task is to formulate two research proposals (one qualitative and one quantitative), specifying the aim, research questions, methods and the planned steps in the research process. Each group will present their work both in writing and at a seminar. Students will be examined based on the seminar presentation as well as the final submitted research proposals. Grades pass and fail will be awarded. For the grade pass, active participation at the seminars and submission of a complete research proposal is required. Students that are unable to take part in the group work or seminar presentation will have to present individual research proposals at one of the dates for re-examination.
Examination task 2 – carrying out a qualitative interview
This task will carried out individually and your work will be presented and discussed at seminar. This task involves conducting a qualitative interview with a student in another study group. The purpose is to practice interviewing skills, which is not only a research method but also a practical method often used with clients and patients in the social work field. The length of the interview should be approximately 30 minutes. The topic of the interview connects to the PPD (personal and professional development) theme that forms part of the Bachelor’s programme.
Examination task 3 – individual class-based examination
The individual class-based examination will take place during the third week of January 2019. This examination covers the following three learning outcomes – (1) to explain the basics of research methods for data collection and analysis, (2) to explain the significance of theories in the research process and (3) to formulate methodologically and theoretically motivated approaches and analysis strategies for basic research problems. Grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F can be awarded according to the ECTS grading scale, where an E represents the minimum requirements for passing.
The grade for the individual class-based examination determines the final grade for the course, but to obtain a pass grade (A-E) for the course it is also obligatory to obtain a pass grade in examination tasks 1, 2 and 3, as well as complete all seminar tasks. Individual class-based re-examination will take place in February and august
Information about the course will be regularly posted on Blackboard. It is therefore important that you regularly check the course page on Blackboard. The syllabus for the course and study guide will also be found on Blackboard.
You can direct your questions about the course to the course coordinators Fereshteh Ahmadi, firstname.lastname@example.org and Jimmy Munobwa, Jimmy.email@example.com
• Kvale, S. & Brinkmann, S. (2009). InterViews: Learning the craft of qualitative research interviewing: 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Sage. pages: 354
• Rubin, A. & Babbie, E. (2010). Research Methods for Social Work: International ed. of 7th rev. ed. Wadsworth Publishing Co. pages: 436
• Gustafsson, B., Hermerén, G. & Petersson, B. (2006). Good research practice - what is it? Views, guidelines and examples. Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet.
• Social Research Association (2003). Ethical Guidelines. London: Social Research Association.
It is recommend that you obtain the course literature early since the course book by Rubin and Babbie is out of stock in many bookshops. It is however available on the internet as both new and used (there are also hard copies at different libraries, including Gävle). You can either use the 7th or 8th edition. Check that the book has one of the following ISBN-numbers.
Research Methods for Social Work 8th edition (paperback)
Versions with this ISBN are the same book (8th edition)
Research Methods for Social Work 7th edition (2011)
Versions with this ISBN are the same book (7th edition)
For Kvale and Brinkmann’s book there is a newer, 3rd edition that you can use. The third edition has ISBN 9781452275727.
A new edition of the publication on Good Research Practice is available via this link: https://www.vr.se/download/18.5639980c162791bbfe697882/1529480529472/Good-Research-Practice_VR_2017.pdf
The publication by the Social Research Association is available via this link: http://the-sra.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/ethics03.pdf
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