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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Karen Crinall


This unit provides a framework for designing research methodologies relevant to social and community welfare by examining the history, nature, function and current role of social and community research. Using a problem-based approach, students engage in exercises requiring resolution of ethical and methodological issues and dilemmas, including forming researchable questions, negotiating selection of appropriate design and method; developing awareness of underpinning agendas and vested interests; and knowledge of philosophical and theoretical positions. Issues concerning research with individuals, groups, communities and organisations in a range of contexts are also explored and examined.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. engage with research in social and community welfare as a creative, problem solving activity;
  2. demonstrate awareness of, and critical engagement with theoretical, practical and ethical considerations in social and community welfare research design and conduct;
  3. demonstrate knowledge and skills in conducting and evaluating research.
Students will also be able to:
  1. demonstrate awareness of the options and constraints of different types of research design, including qualitative and quantitative methodologies;
  2. identify appropriate methods for conducting research across a range of contexts;
  3. design an appropriate research methodology.


Written work: 90% (9000 words)
Learning contract: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Karen Crinall