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Bo Kyung Kim
SOC WF 201
Seattle Campus

Advances in Prevention Science: Bridging the Gap from Science to Service

Investigates the potential for preventing major social problems (child abuse and neglect, alcohol misuse, and interpersonal violence). Critically examines the state of prevention science, includes dialogue about ways to enhance the exchange of ideas between research and practice communities, and explores implications for social policy.

Class description

This course investigates the potential for preventing major social problems with high costs to society using illustrative cases of recent developments in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, alcohol misuse, and interpersonal violence. Using these social problems as “cases”, we will (1) identify the extent and impact of each of these problems on the social welfare, (2) explore preventive interventions for these problems, (3) examine the evidence of the effectiveness of prevention, and (4) discover the principles and ingredients of effective prevention. Students will apply the skills learned through examination of these cases to assess and make a presentation on the prevention of other social problems in a group assignment.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Course content will be covered in short lecture format; class discussions and activities; student presentations; and guest faculty presentations. Throughout the course, students will critically examine the state of prevention science and dialogue about ways to enhance the exchange of ideas between the research and practice communities.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Bo Kyung Kim
Date: 03/02/2014