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Dissertation in Social Work with Families and Children

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.


This module deepens the students' knowledge in social work with relation to families and family policies. The students will be trained to carry out research in this field and in this way specialize in one or more of the topics being addressed during the course

Learning outcome

Knowledge
After completing the course the students shall
  • have achieved a deeper knowledge and understanding about scientific work in a specific area of social work
  • have achieved deeper knowledge and understanding about different theories and methods within the family social work and family social policy.

Skills
After completing the course the students shall
  • be able to critically discuss research questions in the framework of family oriented social work.
  • be able to plan and carry out independent research work and analyze, assess and handle complex phenomena, questions and situations within a certain field of research.
  • be able to assess and discuss different research methods as well as collect and analyze relevant data material in relation to the chosen research questions.
  • be able to document and discuss the research process and consider ethical dilemmas, analyze empirical data and present the results in a written research report.
  • be able to discuss and reflect on the significance of the findings from a social work perspectives.
  • be able to in national as well as international contexts and in dialogue with scholars and professionals discuss methodological and theoretical issues related to scientific work in a systematic and pedagogic way.
  • be able to independently present and defend a well-structured and stringent research report as well as act as an opponent in a supporting and critical way.
  • be able to develop further their own values and attitudes in relation to scientific work in the area of social work

General competence
  • To collect, organize and analyze different kind of information and data.
  • Capacity of communicate research findings and other work and observation results.
  • Strengthen scientific evidence to inform the public, attend political dialogues and stimulate a broad and productive debate on current and alternative approaches to children´s and marginalized families situation.

Contents

This module deepens the students' knowledge in social work with relation to families and family policies. The students will be trained to carry out research in this field and in this way specialize in one or more of the topics being addressed during the course. The course will deal with the following topics:
  • to choose a topic and formulate research questions
  • to collect data
  • to document the data
  • to analyze the data
  • to write a research report
  • to participate in final seminars concerning others degree-reports

Required prerequisite knowledge

Passed 1., 2. and 3. semester of the study program

Exam

Dissertation
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Thesis0/11 A - FAll.
Oral examination - adjustment1/11 A - FAll.
The course is an advanced course on the master`s program and entails a great part of independent research from the student´s side. Each student (or a pair of students) will be given a supervisor who will guide and follow the students work during the course.
All parts of the program must be completed and approved before submission of the thesis. The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written part is the Master's thesis. Word count: 20 000 words (+/- 10 %) including table of contents, notes, references and bibliography. Reference style: APA 6th.
The thesis must be graded as passed before the students can sit the oral test. The preliminary grade given for the written Master's thesis will be announced before the oral exam, and the oral test is used for adjustment of the grade. The result of the oral examination can adjust the thesis one grade up or down. Both the written Master's thesis and the oral examination are assessed by one internal and one external examiners. Annual submission of master thesis is June 1st and re-sit August 1st.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Kathrine Skoland

Method of work

Open to

European Master in Social Work with Families and Children

Course assessment

Evaluation will follow faculty and MFAMILY guidelines.

Literature

The texts are all individually chosen in relation to the topic of the thesis.


This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 23.11.2019

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