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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Karen Crinall


Previously coded SCW4305


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


HSM4305, HSM5305, SCD5305, SCW4305