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Writing Intensive

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Social Work (SOC_WK)
Social Work
Research for Social Work Practice - Writing Intensive
This course introduces social work research and its relevance to practice, emphasizing the School of Social Work's social justice mission. Graded on A-F basis only.
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Social Work Professional standing or consent required.

Instructor Information

Social Work
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Tenure Line Assistant Professor
710 Clark Hall

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Writing Intensive Course Information

This course is the first of a two-semester research sequence in the professional BSW program. This course helps students to conceptualize the research process as it applies to the field of social work and to prepare a research proposal in an area of the students' interest, with an emphasis upon social justice concerns for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. This course focuses on research concepts and skills useful in developing the knowledge base of social work practice, as well as developing the ability to read and understand journal articles. The second semester course (another WI course (SW4952), will allow the students to undertake their research proposal and gain hands-on experience with data collection and analysis. Individual work will be assessed via in-class participation; students will be observed during in-class group work. Individual students may be assessed on their mastery of the assigned readings through short quizzes.
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Writing Intensive Assignments

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The instructor and the TA will evaluate each draft. Each assignment will have a first draft and a revision, except for the final paper. Research topic and problem statement. 2 -3 pages in length. Purpose of the assignment is for students to select a research topic and articulate the problem it addresses. It will require identifying relevant data sources and briefly summarizing why the issue is important or pressing. Theory and research questions. 2 -3 pages in length. Purpose is for students to summarize relevant theory behind the social problem and develop specific research questions on what part of the topic or problem they want to study. Lit review, tables, and gaps in research. 8 - 12 pages. Purpose is for students to review the existing research on their topic of interest and summarize what is already known. Methods and operational definitions. 2 - 3 pages. The purpose is for students to explain the methodology they will use to collect data, to explain the scales and measures they've selected, and to clearly explain the concepts that they measure. Final paper. 15 - 25 pages. The final paper is the synthesis of the previous assignments. Since each section will already have been reviewed, the purpose of this assignment will be for students to focus on the organization of the content, clarity in writing, skillful writing, use of correct academic citations of references, grammar and spelling, and overall presentation.
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Writing Intensive Teaching

Peer review
Multiple interpretations are encouraged. Each student will view their topic of interest from a unique perspective, and this is encouraged. All writing assignments will be interpreted, analyzed and assessed within the context of the existing published research, the chosen setting for each particular student research project, and the selected sample for the study.
By the second week of the semester students will begin to select topics of interest. The first assignment draft will be due approximately week four. Revisions will follow immediately after the assignment is returned to students. Assignments are evenly spaced every few weeks throughout the semester, and the final paper at the end of the semester requires synthesis of all previous assignments.
The TA will be selected from the doctoral program in social work, with the assistance of the director of the doctoral program. The TA will be selected based on research productivity and previous TA experience. The TA and the instructor will meet before the class and will discuss the course extensively. For each assignment the instructor and TA will discuss a grading rubric ahead of time. The TA will be in every session of the class. The TA\'s role will be to communicate with students who need assistance on writing assignments and group work. The TA will also assist with grading.

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Education and Social Sciences


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The class will include lectures and group work. Students will often work in groups during class while the instructor and TA circulate to give feedback. Student performance will be monitored via attendance, class participation, and contribution to group assignments. The TA will provide the first round of grading, and the instructor will review all assignments and give feedback to the TA on his/her grading and feedback to students.
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