Provides the opportunity to build on the basic knowledge and skills gained in Social Research (SOC/SW 355), combining theoretical and experiential learning. Emphasis is placed on the types of research used most frequently by social workers within an agency setting: needs assessment, program evaluation, and practice evaluation. During the second part of the course, students will create and carry out their own research project. Use of basic descriptive and inferential statistics in the context of the overall research process is taught. Important ethical and human diversity issues are also addressed throughout the course. It is highly recommended that students participate in two hours of optional lab
time each week.