SOWK 3001 T - Introduction to Research Methods in Social Work

Research methods used in social work; research paradigms; quantitative and qualitative analysis in social work and social welfare; stages in conducting research. Precludes additional credit for SOWK 2501 (no longer offered)and SOWK 2500 (no longer offered). Prerequisite(s): third-year standing or permission of the School of Social Work.

This course will provide students with an introduction to research methods used in social work. Topics include research paradigms, introduction to quantitative and qualitative analysis and how the structural perspective relates to social work research. This course will help students understand how their worldview and personal theoretical perspective are relevant to social work research and guide students through the steps required in conducting a research project in social work.

CRN for section T: 21084

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 21085

Instructor: Adrianus Van de Sande

Adrianus Van de Sande

About the instructor: I was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and immigrated to Canada with my parents as a young child. I was raised in Montreal and attended both English and French language schools In 1985, I was hired to teach in the École de service social, Université Laurentienne in Sudbury, Ontario and went on to pursue my PhD in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. I joined the faculty of Social Work at Carleton University in 2002. From 2005 to 2008, I served as President of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, (CASWE, formerly CASSW), the Association representing social work education in Canada. Since 2016, I have been the Chair of the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship (

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