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Spring 2015

Dominican Service-Learning Courses for Spring 2015


Link to the course catalog to sign-up for Service-Learning Classes (You can type SL: into Keywords to get a current list of classes)


This Spring we are offering 2 SL Colloquia:

RaceCLQ 3430: Structures of Power & Forgiveness

Instructor: Emily Wu

T R | 3:05-4:20 - This course considers the significance of power and inequality in acts of compassion and forgiveness. Drawing from social theory, we analyze how social contexts structure the possibilities for social justice and social transformation when individuals choose compassion and forgiveness over anger and resentment. Corequisite: CLQ 3431

enviro.just1CLQ 3191: See the Forest through the Trees: Environmental Advocacy & Community Based Art

Instructor: Lynn Sondag

T R | 3:05-4:20 - 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. Corequisite: CLQ 3190.

knowledgeART 3119: Art Fundamentals for Educators

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.

clq3341.3ART 3810: Art and Community Engagement (one unit)

Instructor: Lynn Sondag

F | 12:15-4:20 PM (Class meets only 3/20, 3/27, 4/10) - This course combines hands-on learning in community-based art with a philosophical perspective that explores the vital social issues that art can make visible. In their projects, students and local community partners work together to address pressing issues through thoughtful dialogue, creative vision, and collaborative art projects. Class on 4/10 will meet on campus 12:15-4:20pm, and at Youth In Arts from 6:00-8:00pm.

lotusPHIL/RLGN 1077/3177: Philosophy and Religions of Asia

Instructor: Emily Wu

T R | 10:50-12:05 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.

materialPHIL 3650: Education for Social Change

Instructor: Lindsey Dean

T | 6:00-8:40 PM - This class explores the meaning and significance of education (both formal and informal) as a vehicle for empowering all people and creating social change. We will learn and apply philosophies and best practices of engaging with diverse communities. Through dialogue, critical reflection and creative action we will experience education as a tool for building community capacity and inclusion. Course pairs (optional) with GEO 3650. Connect local and global cultures and social issues through an opportunity to work with Guatemalan communities to build schools.   

clq3341.1PHIL 3520: Self, Community, and Service: Thinking & Action for Ethical Being

Instructor: Julia van der Ryn

W | 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.

educationENGL 3200.2/3 Advanced Writing and Research: Literacy & Power II

Instructor: Caroline Hanssen

M W | 12:15-1:30 PM & 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.

medical.peacePHIL 1109/3109: Ethics in Health Care

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.

rootsRLGN 1086/3186: Catholic Social Teaching

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.

natureGEO 3510: South Korea: Jeju Island 

Instructor: Emily Wu

Summer 2015 - Students will be immersed in the local culture, dance, and music of South Korea by participating in daily lessons in a traditional dance studio. Excursions on the island will include visits to museums, religious sites, nature destinations, and local neighborhoods. We will also have conversations with local artists, folklorists, environmental activists, and religious experts to have a better understanding of historical, social, political, and environmental issues that are closest to their hearts. This is a 1-unit add-on immersion course. To receive course unit, students are required to have taken either RLGN/PHIL 1077/3177 SL: Religion and Philosophy of Asia, the Compassion and Forgiveness colloquium (CLQ 3430 & 3431), or another SL course (with consent of instructor).

spanish wordsSpanish 2101/2201: Intermediate Spanish I & II

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. Those signing up for 2201 will have additional practice in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish.  

guatemalaGEO 3650: Guatemala

Instructor: Lindsey Dean

Spring Break - Connect local and global cultures and social issues through an opportunity to learn and work with Guatemalan communities. Be part of bridging the gap between the developed and the developing world, through the power of building schools out of recycled materials with local people. This course is available to students enrolled in PHIL 3650. Staff and Faculty participants will meet on campus to discuss details, dated TBA. **Additional fee applies.**

oystersHONO 3200: Aquatic Ecosystems

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.

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