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SW 540 Introduction to Social Work Research

SW 540.  Introduction to Social Work Research.  3 Credits.     

This course provides students with the basic concepts of research processes and methods utilized in addressing social work problems. It will cover quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research but emphasize quantitative methods. Students will learn various aspects of research including reviewing the literature, formulating a research problem and research question, conceptualizing the research, constructing measurement instruments, understanding measurement reliability and validity, sampling, and various research designs such as survey and experimental (pre-, pure-, and quasi-) designs. Students will become familiar with social work research ethics and will recognize the importance of sensitivity to diversity, oppression, and marginalization through each of the research processes. After understanding the basic concepts and processes of research, students will be able to read and critically analyze empirical research articles with an eye towards evidence-based social work practice. Prerequisite: MATH 101 or LA&S 108; Grade of B or better in SW 220.

Bachelor of Social Work

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Bachelor of Social Work Program The School of Social Welfare provides the education and experience necessary for a career in social work. By helping shape students’ capacity for anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and socially-just practice, the School prepares social workers to carry out the unique purposes of the profession — to develop human potential, to promote individual well-being, and to bring about a more just society. Social work is a major professional discipline in the Social Sciences. The term social welfare denotes organized public or private social services pertaining to human needs:  adequate nutrition and safe housing, health and mental health, education, economic security, social participation, dignity, and civil and political rights for disadvantaged people. The undergraduate program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice. The program defines generalist practice as maintaining focus on practice and advocacy, based on ethical principles, scientific inquiry, and best practices at the interface between systems (i.e., individual, family, groups, organizations, and communities), with particular emphasis on: The strengths inherent in these systems. The need to understand the role of gender, age, race/ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, and culture in all phases of the social work process. The promotion of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice for those disenfranchised on the basis of the attributes listed above. The assumption of a critical perspective regarding different ways of knowing. Beginning generalist practice uses multilevel prevention and interventions methods, depending on the needs of the client system, and incorporates a knowledge, value, and skill base that is transferable between and among diverse contexts and locations. The BSW program is offered on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Advising

Minor in Latino/a Studies

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...in Spanish) SPAN 540 Colloquium on Hispanic Studies: _____ (conducted in Spanish) SW 555 Diversity...

Minor in Human Sexuality

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...and Sexuality Studies, Honors SW 303 Human Sexuality...Women and Violence WGSS 540 Skin, Sex, and...