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SOCIAL WORK (TACOMA CAMPUS)
SOCIAL WELFARE (TACOMA CAMPUS)

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TSOCWF 101 Introduction to Social Work (5) I&S

TSOCWF 150 Suicide: Individual and Community Responses (2) I&S
Increases student understanding of historical and contemporary responses to suicide; explores ethical and moral issues; and develops introductory skills used in suicide prevention. Explores psychological and sociological theories of suicide as well as other responses people engage in suicidal behaviors.

TSOCWF 202 Perspectives on Doing Service (5) I&S
Explores the philosophical, spiritual, cultural, and value concepts that undergird helping and altruistic behaviors by individuals and groups in a global society. Service learning is included in explorations of what helping and service mean in daily life and the professional work world. Offered: Sp.

TSOCWF 250 Interpersonal Effectiveness (5) I&S, DIV
Applies theory and research from multiple social sciences. Expands students' thinking and skills related to relationships and interpersonal communication. Introduces students to constructs and theories such as identity, perception, emotional intelligence, and culture. Develops the mechanics of interpersonal communication and relationship skills.

TSOCWF 300 Historical Approaches to Social Welfare (5) I&S
Stresses the origin of social welfare policies, beginning with the Elizabethan Poor of 1601. Issues of poverty, as well as development of publicly funded income-maintenance programs, and an understanding of the historical roots of the social work are central. Required for Social Welfare majors. Open to non-majors. Offered: A.

TSOCWF 310 Social Welfare Practice I (3) I&S
Provides an introduction to the roles, tasks, and functions of the social welfare practitioner and to theories and methods of intervention; a conceptual framework for social work practice with individuals, families, and small groups; and an opportunity to develop skills in problem assessment, intervention, termination, and evaluation. Offered: A.

TSOCWF 311 Social Welfare Practice II (3)
Examines the roles, tasks and functions of the social welfare practitioner and the theories and methods of intervention; a conceptual framework for social work practice with individuals, families and small groups; and a an opportunity to develop skills in problem assessment, intervention, termination, and evaluation. Prerequisite: T SOCW 310. Offered: W.

TSOCWF 312 Social Welfare Practice III (5)
Focuses on macro systems in a diverse society using the generalist perspective. Considers the implications of system resources and configurations for meeting human needs. Emphasizes the role and function of generalist social workers to understand and advocate for system development and change. Prerequisite: TSOCWF 311.

TSOCWF 320 Social Welfare: Contemporary Approaches (5) I&S
Current Policy and program developments in the social welfare field. Topics include income maintenance proposals, the emergence of programs to treat specific social dysfunctioning (mental health services) and the growth of a service-oriented society. Required for social welfare majors. Open to non-majors. Prerequisite: TSOCWF 300. Offered: W.

TSOCWF 350 Biopsychosocial Human Services (5) I&S/NW
Examination of human life contextualized through the social environment from a biopsychosocial perspective. Emphasizes body systems, individual development, and functioning. Coverage of relevant theoretical frameworks commonly used in human services linking biological, psychological, and sociological principles with client issues in social and community contexts.

TSOCWF 351 Applied Statistics for Social and Human Services (5) NW, QSR
Application of statistical methods for use in social and human services. Examines purpose and use of social statistics in include analyzing the relationships between variables as a tool for conducting research; central tendencies and dispersion; probability; descriptive statistics, statistical inference and hypothesis testing; and bivariate analysis. Open to non-majors.

TSOCWF 353 Mental Illness and Recovery (5) I&S
Provides an overview of persistent and disabling mental illness among adults. Combines classroom and experimental learning. Students learn directly from service providers and consumers the challenges of living with serious mental illness and within health and social welfare system constraints. Recommended: introductory psychology. Offered: AWSpS.

TSOCWF 354 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (5) I&S
Focuses on legal and sociopolitical topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity using social justice and empowerment perspectives. Emphasizes the framing of these topics at the local, national, and global level, and the intersectionality of sexual and gender identity with other aspects of human diversity. Offered: Sp.

TSOCWF 355 HIV/AIDS: Global and National Issues (5) I&S
Examines historical and contemporary issues related to HIV/AIDS form local, national, and global perspectives. Focuses on HIV/AIDS among vulnerable populations worldwide, prevention efforts, the history of the pandemic, treatment protocols and advances, and psychological impacts on both infected and affected individuals.

TSOCWF 361 Addictions and Mental Illness in Criminal Justice (5) I&S
Examines mental illness and addictions as they manifest in criminal justice systems. Focuses on the prevalence of mental illness and addictions in prisons, as well as best practices for treatment. Examines prison culture as it relates to substance abuse and mental illness. Offered: jointly with T CRIM 361.

TSOCWF 374 Human Trafficking (5) I&S
Examines domestic and international human trafficking, recruitment, and control methodologies. Considers labor and sexual exploitation and examines existing laws and services to combat trafficking. Analyzes the role of demand in perpetuating trafficking and the victims' trauma. Applies best practice solutions. Offered: jointly with T CRIM 374.

TSOCWF 390 Introduction to Social Welfare Research (5) QSR
Introduces the logic of the scientific method as applied to social work and social welfare practice, to the design and conduct of a research study, and to data collection and summarization. Skill development in critical consumption of social welfare research. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either QMETH 201, SOC 221, STAT 311, TSOCWF 351, TMATH 110, T HLTH 305, or T URB 225.

TSOCWF 402 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (5) I&S
Focuses on person-in-the environment for individuals and family development across the lifespan. Utilizes developmental and social systems perspectives in seeking to understand and influence human behavior across diverse backgrounds. Addresses dynamics and processes of families, small groups, organizations, and community systems. Required for Social Welfare majors. Offered: A.

TSOCWF 403 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3) I&S
Focuses on person-in-the-environment for small groups, organizations, community and society as systems. Utilizes developmental and social systems perspectives in seeking to understand and influence human behavior across diverse backgrounds. Prerequisite: T SOCW 402. Offered: W.

TSOCWF 404 Cultural Diversity and Social Justice (5) I&S, DIV
History and culture of disadvantaged and oppressed groups served by social welfare generalist practitioners. Offered: Sp.

TSOCWF 405 Practicum Seminar (3, max. 9)
Integrates social work practicum experience with prior and concurrent course work in social sciences, social work, and research. Includes discussion of class presentations and simulations or practice situations that combi8ne knowledge and skill utilization. Student logs provide a basis for individual goal identification and achievement. Prerequisite: TSOCWF 312. Offered: AWSp.

TSOCWF 409 Readings in Social Welfare (1-5, max. 15)
Students work individually with a faculty member on a program of study in some designated, substantive area of relevance to social work. May include areas not addressed in the regular curriculum, or more in-depth work in areas of interest. Offered: AWSpS.

TSOCWF 415 Practicum (4, max. 12)
Students are placed in selected social service agencies and accept beginning social service assignments under the supervision of competent agency personnel. Prerequisite: TSOCWF 312. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.

TSOCWF 420 Interpersonal Violence and Society (5) I&S
Explores interpersonal violence from both sociological and psychological frameworks. Enhances one's understanding of the nature, dynamics and effects of interpersonal violence, and the threads that connect personal and community violence. Evaluates how best to prevent and decrease the amount of violence in society. Open to non-majors.

TSOCWF 421 Cross-Cultural Grieving (5) I&S
Examines spiritual, psychosocial, physical, and behavioral impacts of major loss on persons, families, and communities as it occurs in diverse North American ethnic and cultural communities. Exploration of death, dying, major family separations, divorce, refugee/immigration changes as it related to grief, loss, and mourning.

TSOCWF 422 Aging in American Society (5) I&S
Covers physical and psychological processes of aging. Includes social aspects of aging related to family roles, cultural, social support, and use of health and social services. Reviews home and community based services and how those services may need to change in the twenty-first century.

TSOCWF 423 Risk and Ethics in Human Enterprises (5) I&S
Explores values, ethics, risk management, and the law in depth as they relate to the provision of human services programs, and other professional disciplines. Topics include conflict of interest, duty of care, duty to warn, privacy and confidentiality, risk analysis, and ethical decision making.

TSOCWF 424 Information Technology and Human Services (5)
Examines the impact of information technology on human service agencies and their consumers. Topics include: changing human service practice, human service websites, online therapy and self-help, and technology-based social problems. Experimental learning component. AWSpS.

TSOCWF 425 Comparative Social Policy (5) I&S
Explores current social policy issues in the United States, Canada, and Nordic countries from a comparative perspective. Examines history and political structures that influences implementation of social policies. Offered: jointly with TPOL S 425.

TSOCWF 426 Assessment Tools and Methods (5)
Focuses on skill-building of key social work tasks: multiple assessment models and how to choose the appropriate model; the method and process of specific models; assessment within the context of the client's lived experience; and how to collaborate with clients to identify their needs.

TSOCWF 427 Disproportionality Across Systems (5) I&S
Examines disproportionate representation of people of color in the child welfare, criminal justice, economic, education, health, juvenile justice, and mental health systems. Focuses on how each of these systems interacts with the criminal justice system where disproportionality is a particularly serious problem. Offered: jointly with T CRIM 427.

TSOCWF 428 Policy and Practice with Sexual Offenders (5) I&S
Develops understanding of sex crimes and the people who commit them. Addresses the theoretical explanations of, and policies regarding treatment for offenders. Analyzes laws related to sex offenders, their constitutional legitimacy, and the difficulty in balancing offender and community rights. Offered: jointly with T CRIM 428.

TSOCWF 430 Children of Incarcerated Parents (5) I&S
Examines the impact of parental incarceration on the psychological, social, physical, and biological development of children. Focuses on issues of loss, trauma, attachment, and ways to address such issues. Offered: jointly with T CRIM 430.

TSOCWF 433 Crisis and Trauma Interventions with Crime Victims (5) I&S
Provides an overview of victimology and teaches practice skills for working with victims of crime and their families. Examines the efficacy and application of interventions that try to alleviate the impact of crime on victims, facilitate victims' mental health recovery, and assist in system navigation. Offered: jointly with T CRIM 433.

TSOCWF 450 International Comparisons of Current Issues in Social Welfare (12) I&S
Provides an international comparison of social policy and social service delivery systems. Includes a three-week intensive field component, relevant readings, and an independent research project on a relevant topic negotiated with the instructor. Open to non-majors. Offered: S.

TSOCWF 490 Research in Social Welfare (1-3, max. 10)
Individual work with faculty member to assist with current research project(s). Training and supervision in some or all of the following research tasks: literature review, data analysis, record-keeping, interviewing, report writing, data entry and coding, data collection, and other tasks commonly found in research problems in social welfare.