SOC 403 – Sociology in Practice: Hands-On Research Opportunity


Evaluation of the “Safe Passages” pilot project in Rainier Beach

SOC 403, SLN 19077, 5 Credits
M/W 11:30pm-1:20pm

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This spring, students will conduct research for our community partners — the City of Seattle, Seattle Neighborhood Group, and the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention initiative — to evaluate a program that aims to reduce crime and youth victimization as well as improving community relations with police in south Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood.

The students will conduct an evaluation of the newly implemented “Safe Passages” program which provides a safe predetermined route from school for children and youth. These routes are staffed by trained individuals and supported by neighborhood organizations and businesses. The results from the student-led research will directly inform program strategies to create a safer Rainier Beach neighborhood where youth can thrive.

The course format combines a seminar with field work conducted outside the classroom. Research methodology is tailored by students to serve the research questions proposed by the partner organization. The project will involve students in conducting various collaborative research activities such as interviewing, leading focus groups, taking site observations and investigating data sources. In addition to submitting a formal, written report, the student researchers will also do an in-person presentation of their research to representatives of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and the City of Seattle at the end of the quarter.

The course is highly collaborative and interactive and prepares students for future professional work and graduate school studies.

Completion of SOC 221 and SOC 300 recommended but not required.

“SOC 403 was a great conversation starter in every job interview. My manager said that talking about my experience was the reason they hired me.”

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