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SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
SOCIAL WORK
SOCIAL WELFARE

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SOC WL 515 Community Service Practicum (3, max. 6)
Development of skills on working in partnership with community institutions in the role of researcher or scholarly collaborator, through ongoing reflection and consultation with a faculty member. Uses a learning contract to focus specific activities. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

SOC WL 552 Seminar in Contemporary Social Welfare Policy (3)
Critical review of contemporary American income maintenance and related social welfare policies, and the economic, political, and social factors that affect their development, implementation, and effectiveness. Evaluation of their effects on poverty, income inequality, and related social outcomes, including international comparisons. Assessment of proposals for reform. Closely linked to SOC WL 553.

SOC WL 553 Policy Implementation and Organizations (3)
Examines divers organization theories relevance to policy implementation, translational research, and practice interventions within health and human service settings. Emphasizes multilevel models and integrative frameworks that take into account individual, group, and organizational factors, recognizing outcomes as embedded phenomenon nested within organization, community, and societal contexts. Offered: Sp.

SOC WL 554 Analytical Perspectives on Social Welfare Policy (3)
Broad overview of the social welfare policy process, including epistemological issues, content on social problem construction and definition, policy agendas and case study methodology. Introduction to analytical tools and concepts needed to take a proactive role in policy development, advocacy, implementation, and policy research.

SOC WL 556 West Coast Poverty Center Seminar Series (1, max. 15)
Presents cutting-edge research on poverty, inequality, and public policy. Offered: AWSp.

SOC WL 557 Dissertation and Career Seminar (1, max. 20)
Orients advanced PhD students to three main tasks: dissertation, job market, and entering teaching and research careers. Offered: AWSp.

SOC WL 559 Preparing to Teach: Instructional Theory and Practice (3)
Teaching conceptualized as professional practice. Focuses on integration of theory, research and educational strategies, techniques, and skills into students' practice as educators. Classroom discussions and activities promote reflection, exploration, critical analysis, and experimentation.

SOC WL 577 Promoting Well-Being among At-Risk Groups through Prevention Research (3) Nurius
Interdisciplinary overview of major concepts and methods in health promotion and prevention research, with emphasis on at-risk populations. Attentive to health disparities, collaboration with diverse communities and biobehavioral advances in addition to application of theory and prevention-science framework. Encourages interdisciplinary participation and supporting students in articulating their research perspectives.

SOC WL 578 Seminar in Special Topics for Prevention Research (1, max. 30)
Interdisciplinary overview of major concepts in promotion of mental health and prevention of mental distress with prevention science as framework. Provides conceptual foundations for advanced study in specialized aspects of mental health prevention research. Credit/no-credit only.

SOC WL 579 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Prevention Science: Children and Adolescents (3)
Overview of theory, research, and practice in prevention science. Developmental perspective examining factors that promote or inhibit health development at different stages and during transitions (focus on birth through age 21). Designed for interdisciplinary dialogue, and includes guest faculty from around the University who are specialists in course topics. Credit/no-credit only.
Instructor Course Description: John D Hawkins

SOC WL 580 Quantitative Research Methods and Design (3)
Logic, terminology, and methods of quantitative social science approaches to correlational, experimental, quasi-experimental, survey, and program evaluation research. Components of the research process (problem definition, concept explication, ethical evaluating, and designing defensible quantitative research studies).
Instructor Course Description: Karl Gordon Hill

SOC WL 581 Qualitative Research Methods and Design (3)
Theoretical and methodological foundations of a range of qualitative methods relevant to social welfare and social science research. Fundamentals of qualitative research design and implementation, including framing research questions, sampling, data collection, analytical methods, and quality criteria. Focus on ethics, cultural sensitivity, and community-based research with vulnerable populations.
Instructor Course Description: Taryn Lindhorst

SOC WL 582 Research Practicum (3-)
Development of specific methodological skills in social welfare research through participation in an ongoing research project. Learning contract used to target specific research competencies. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: ASpS.

SOC WL 583 Research Practicum (-3)
Development of specific methodological skills in social welfare research through participation in an ongoing research project. Learning contract used to target specific research competencies. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: ASpS.

SOC WL 584 Teaching Practicum (3)
Supervised teaching of a required course or teaching as a co-instructor with a faculty member. Learning contract used to target specific teaching competencies, e.g., assessing and evaluating student outcomes, identifying class session goals and objectives, tailoring instruction methods to diverse learning styles. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

SOC WL 585 Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research I (3)
The first in a two-quarter sequence offering intensive experience in the theory and application of qualitative and ethnographic research methods. Prepares students for conducting qualitative studies and for combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. Focuses on applications especially relevant to social welfare.

SOC WL 586 Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research II (3)
The second in a two-quarter sequence offering intensive experience in the theory and application of qualitative and ethnographic research methods. Prepares students for conducting qualitative studies and for combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. Focuses on applications especially relevant to social welfare.

SOC WL 589 Multivariate Data Analysis for the Social Sciences (4, max. 8) Erosheva
Provides social scientists with an introduction to multivariate analysis techniques and the knowledge to carry them out. Focuses on statistical methods that explore relationships between observed variables. Topics include principal components, cluster, factor, latent class analysis. Prerequisite: SOC WL 587, SOC WL 588, or equivalent. Offered: jointly with CS&SS 589; A.

SOC WL 590 Topics in Advanced Research Methods (3)
Special topics in social and behavioral research design for advanced graduate students. Topics vary and focus on community-based research methods and measurement construction for culturally diverse populations. Prerequisite: doctoral student in social welfare or related discipline; advanced master's level students by permission of instructor.

SOC WL 591 Seminar on Topics in Social Welfare (1-3, max. 15)

SOC WL 598 Issues and Priorities in Social Welfare Research (3)
Foundations in the definitions of theory; the socially constructed nature of theory and definitions of social "problems"; conceptual and theoretical perspectives on human society, interaction, and change; and analysis of the theoretical foundations of social science research paradigms.

SOC WL 599 Research Problems and Priorities in Social Work and Social Welfare (3)
Assists students in applying theory in building an original conceptual model. Emphasizes critical thinking, including ideological, political, methodological, and ethical contexts/implications of ideas, theories, and models that shape social welfare scholarship and its application to social practice. Prerequisite: admission to social welfare PhD program or permission of instructor.

SOC WL 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
Prerequisite: approval of a well-specified plan by the instructor and program director. Includes a written product. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

SOC WL 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*-)
Offered: AWSpS.