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Instructors: Emily Wu & Lindsey Dean
T R | 9:25-12:05 - How do define being human across cultural, historical, religious, and philosophical divides? In this colloquium, we will approach the question of “What is Human?” from the perspectives of Philosophy and Religious Studies. In the Philosophy component, we frame the philosophical discourses around the meaning and implications of being human within the scope of evolutionary theory and ethics. In the Religious Studies component, we will seek inspirations across cultural and religious traditions to look for wisdoms and inspirations to help us define human-hood. Through service-learning, students will be encouraged to broaden their existing understandings and expectations of their participation in the world as members of the human society, whether as members of family unit, ethnic and lineage affiliations, institutional organizations, or local communities, or as a citizen of this nation and the global society.
Instructors: Laura Stivers & Lynn Sondag
T R | 1:40-2:55 / 3:05-4:20 PM - This course will focus on philosophical and ethical literature within the preservationist and environmental justice movements. Students will examine the paradigm shift in the environmental justice movement from an emphasis on wilderness destruction and preservation to environmental racism and justice. Students will engage in art projects and attend nature field trips with youth in an afterschool program to help them understand the importance of preserving both natural areas and whole ecosystems, as well as addressing environmental injustices in their own urban communities.
Instructor: Judy Halebsky
T | 1:40-4:20 PM - In Finding Voice, students work with incarcerated youth on creative writing challenges. Each student will work toward developing distinctive thematic and aesthetic goals in their own creative writing. Central to this process is employing creative writing to speak to a broader community about the issues that shape our lives.
Instructor: Julia van der Ryn
R | 1:40-4:20 PM - If a system is broken, how do we fix it? Many youth, don’t have access to the education or positive forms of expression that will allow them to shape their own futures. This course will explore the structural issues that marginalize youth and vehicles for change through ideas and action with our service-learning partners.
Instructor: Lynn Sondag
M W |1:40-4:20 PM - This course simultaneously instructs students in college level art while addressing teaching strategies that bring the Visual and Performing Arts Framework to the elementary classroom. Integrating actual classroom experience through service-learning, students have an opportunity to transmit the knowledge and skills modeled by their course experience to elementary level students at Bahia Vista Elementary School, and base their understanding of teaching art with actual hands on experiences. The service-learning component also provides a tool for reflection on and discovery of your own mentorship abilities and pedagogical development. At the same time, students can notice ways art can be a force that strengthens confidence, creates joy/amusement, and builds community.
Instructor: Emily Wu
M | 9:25-12:05 PM - This course explores the ideologies and practices of one or more major religious traditions of Asia;Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism;not only through classical religious texts and academic interpretations, but also through service learning opportunities in local Asian religious and cultural agencies and organizations.
Instructor: Laura Stivers
T R | 3:05-4:20 PM - The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the field of philosophical ethics and to help you with disciplined reflection on ethical issues. To do this, we will cover various theories and approaches to ethical thought and apply these approaches to several social issues, with special attention to issues that marginalized communities face. The goal of the course is not only to gain knowledge of ethical theory, but to assist you in developing your own analytic and critical skills for ethical assessment. Another goal of the course is for you to learn what it means to do ethics from the margins and to gain an ability to do race, gender, and class analysis of social issues. Service in the community will help you achieve the above goals.
Instructor: Julia van der Ryn
R | 6:00-8:00 PM - This course examines traditional and contemporary movements in ethical theory regarding questions of selfhood, authentic relation to others, and ethical action. We will delve into a range of philosophical thought in this exploration the connection between ethics, personal autonomy and sense of meaning, and our responsibility to and interdependence on others.
Our understanding of key themes will be deepened through a 25-hour service component that allows for active cultivation and expression of core values in the local community. Service is an integral part of this course as it allows us to bridge theory to practice within an academic context that supports and deepens our understanding of this experience through relevant texts, discussion, and reflection. Students will chose to work with an established community partner with a focus that will also add an enriching experience to their academic major.
Instructor: Caroline Hanssen (for more info click here)
M W | 12:15-1:30 PM - The only one of its kind currently offered at Dominican, this composition course will provide you with a unique opportunity to improve your writing skills for college while helping local youth prepare themselves for their futures. Literacy is inextricably linked with power in America today, so individuals who can master verbal information have greater access to political influence, social status, intellectual potential, and vocational prosperity. However, public education does not prepare all students equally, and many youth exit high school with low literacy skills that keep them on the margins into adulthood. Service-learning will be used as one of the principal methods for achieving the learning outcomes of this course.
Instructor: Caroline Hanssen
M W |1:40-2:55 PM - The course is designed to explore the contexts of scholarly argumentation and to develop research writing and critical thinking skills while engaging students in issues of college access and education inequity. Students will accomplish these goals by reading, discussing, and responding to sample non-fiction essays, as well as evaluating how writers posit a thesis and craft an argument. Coursework will include exercises in analysis, argumentation, and oral presentation. Dominican students in this class have the unique opportunity to improve their own literacy skills while mentoring marginalized youth in local schools. Course requirements have been modified to accommodate the service commitment, and experiential learning enhances course content.
Instructor: Bonnie Howe
F | 9:25-12:05 PM - An introduction to ethical theory in Western philosophy followed by an investigation of contemporary ethical problems drawn from the field of health care, e.g., scarce resource allotment, genetic intervention, control, and research, dilemmas in nursing, medical paternalism, AIDS issues, reproductive control, abortion, euthanasia. This course is designed to offer you practice in collaborating with others to promote community health, to open up the social policy dimensions of health care, and to ground you in basic philosophical and medical ethics concepts. Ethics needs praxis to even locate and formulate its key questions. That is why the central "text" of this ethics course is praxis – practical experience of service with community partners. The work of ethics does not stop with praxis, however; ethics moves on to organized practical reasoning and reflection, and to dialogue.
Instructor: Sister Carla Kovack
T R| 9:25-10:40 AM - Poverty, human trafficking, immigration and climate change are justice issues crying out for attention. This course examines these issues in light of the Catholic Church’s social teaching and invites the student to engage in concrete experiences of service with agencies which also address one of these issues. Students will integrate knowledge and engagement of Catholic social teaching through insights gleaned from study, work in the community and individual and group reflection exercises.
Instructor: Elizabeth Schneider
T | 6:00-8:40 PM - This course is an introduction to Federal incomes taxes for partnerships, estates, trusts, individuals and corporations. No prior knowledge of taxation is required. Taxation has practical applications for individuals, entrepreneurs, and employees in all business disciplines. Real-world tax preparation skills are developed through serving with Tax Aid and doing tax returns for low income individuals and families.
Instructor: Lindsey Sullivan
T | 6:00-8:40 PM - This class provides a holistic view of aquatic ecosystems: water/soil quality as well as plant and animal diversity. A major focus is comprehension of how environmental issues like sustainability, natural disasters, and invasive species affect humans, then develop and implement a civic project regarding these issues. The laboratory component includes gathering samples in the field and interpreting data in the laboratory. While classroom activities (lecture/laboratory) will supply the foundation of knowledge in this course, research participation through our community partner (service-learning) will present an opportunity to employ this knowledge, as well as provide hands-on experience regarding human impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Course includes 5 Saturdays with our community partner.
Instructor: Radica Ostojic-Portello
M W | 1:40-2:55 - This course will provide students with a unique opportunity to gain command of spoken and written Spanish. It emphasizes the refinement of previously acquired language skills, requiring a high degree of proficiency and mastery level in both written and oral Spanish. Students will have an opportunity to utilize and practice language skills while serving in the community.