This course is designed to teach students basic research skills so they can develop an appreciation of the significance of research in generalist social work practice. The scientific method (as well as its alternatives) is explored with specific relevance to social work and social welfare issues. As such, quantitative and qualitative research strategies are addressed. Ethical behavior and the protection of research participants are examined. Varying approaches to practice evaluation are emphasized by means of a final assignment that requires students to apply their knowledge of research in formulating a comprehensive evaluation research proposal. Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite or Corequisite: CS 140. Corequisite: SOW 3240.