HSSW602 – Introduction to Social Research

Module code
Module title
Introduction to Social Research
This module introduces students to the underpinning theories, methods, methodologies, aims, ethics and techniques involved in social research. As part of this module, students will develop an understanding of social research and its application by examining and analysing relevant research examples. Students will develop skills in these areas through analysing current research examples and locating and interpreting research data through the process of literature review.
  • HS0114
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the purpose of social research and its application to Social Work globally and in Aotearoa New Zealand
2. Explore and discuss the relationship between research and social practice.
3. Compare and contrast key research approaches including Kaupapa Maaori research
4. Explain qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
5. Describe key research processes
- Definition and purpose of research, globally and in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Developing a research question
- Theoretical underpinnings of social research
- Developing a research method
- Research methodologies
- Ethics in research
- Questions and questioning
- Data collection
- Data analysis and interpretation
- Developing a literature review
- Kaupapa Maori Research
- Research and social change
Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-Integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes, and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at the commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.