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HSM4309 - Rethinking Received Ideas in Social Welfare

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Margaret Lynn


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit provides students with a thorough grounding in the design of practice-based research. Common conceptual and methodological issues associated with research are reviewed. Particular emphasis is placed on an examination of both the instrumental and moral bases of social welfare research. The end and means of social welfare research in general and students' specific research priorities are interrogated.[Click here to insert text]


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify an area of social welfare theory or practice in need of investigation;
  2. Plan a program of research;
  3. Evaluate the moral implications of the research to be conducted;
  4. Articulate and address personal learning objectives;
  5. Demonstrate a capacity to comprehend, analyse and articulate key themes and arguments in the relevant literature


Learning contract (500 words): 10%
Discussion paper (4500 words): 40%
Research proposal (5000 words): 50%


HSM4301 and HSM4302