Students enrolled in the PhD in Social Work are required to take five core courses and two post-MSW electives. The Doctoral Seminar is the final core course and will be taken in year two.
All post–MSW graduate electives are eligible
The course focuses on the use of regression models to analyze surveys and other social data. Assuming no prior background, it covers the statistical basics, model building strategies, model assumptions and the interpretation of results.
This course is designed to enhance social work researchers’ and practitioners’ ability to understand and analyze the computation and interpretation of social statistics, the assumptions and logic of quantitative methods, and their uses and misuses. A secondary objective is to develop critical reasoning and analysis skills through demystifying the use of numbers in social research and increasing confidence in evaluating statistical concepts and claims.
[Recommended perquisite: At least one undergraduate or graduate level statistical analysis/quantitative research course]
The course provides a searching reassessment of defining moments in the history of Canadian social work. Dominant social philosophies and social work practice modalities are extrapolated to discover why poverty and marginalization are still the main social problems.
This course prepares doctoral students to act as effective university instructors and encourages the development of knowledge and skills for teaching critical social work.
Through a philosophical critical reflective process this course provides doctoral social work students with skills to determine their career path with a PhD based on their research interests, professional skills and personal aspirations. Both academic and non-academic career paths are explored with corresponding career development assignments to prepare students for their future doctoral careers.
Note: Students may select other elective courses at the graduate level at York or other universities, subject to approval by the Graduate Program Director. Doctoral candidates shall not receive credit towards the PhD for more than one full integrated course.