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Fall 2013


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This Fall we are offering 2 Service-Learning colloquia:

rootsThe Roots of Health & Healing:

Instructors: Lindsey Dean & Emily Wu

CLQ 3250 PHIL: Philosophies for Flourishing: Individual Well-being & Global Health

R | 9:25-12:05 PM - This course will explore various philosophical conceptions of individual and collective human flourishing. Emphasis will be placed on the impact that worldviews, cultural and religious/spiritual values, and lived practice have on the cultivation of health in a variety of forms: physical, mental, spiritual, communal, environmental, and global.

CLQ 3251 RLGN: Communities for Nourishing: Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions of Health

T | 9:25-1205 PM - This course will seek inspirations from theories of health and practices of healing from cultural and spiritual traditions around the world.  We will explore how health can be understood through connections on different levels: between ourselves and others, individual and communal, theoretical and contextual, local and global.

Beauty in the Struggle: Critical & Creative Engagement for a Living Democracy: sun brambles

Instructors:  Lynn Sondag & Julia van der Ryn

CLQ 3342 ART: Imagination for Change: Art Education and the Creation of Rewarding Relationships

M | 3:05-5:45 PM - In this course, students will engage in art projects designed to reveal and celebrate our diverse, collective civic voice. Through service-learning pedagogy, students will explore the positive impact of art education, mentorship, and community collaboration.

CLQ 3241 PHIL: Thinking for Change: Philosophy in the Streets, Schools, & Public Life

W | 3:05-5:45 PM -This course will explore the relationship between access to a dynamic education and a living democracy in which all people are able to participate, question, challenge, and experience both the rights and the responsibilities inherent in a free society.  

the beat withinENGL 3450.1: Writing in the Community

Instructor: Judy Halebksy

M W | 3:05-4:20 PM This course approaches creative writing as a process of empowerment, self-awareness, and transformation. Students will share creative writing with the local community through collaborative writing workshops in off-campus sites. Reading and writing assignments will address social justice issues. The Beat Within, a bi-weekly publication written by incarcerated youth, will be a key text in our course. Classroom study will include generating creative writing and participating in writing workshops. Through poetry and short fiction assignments students will learn how to craft imaginative responses that confront various kinds of injustice. Over the semester, students will keep a learning journal and create a portfolio of new writing. Bringing together classroom study with community engagement will support personal explorations of privilege, justice, and service.  

SPAN 3201.1: Advanced Composition & Conversation spanish words

Instructor:Radica Ostojic-Portello

T R | 4:30-5:45 PM 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. 

watercolor3ART 1030/3031: Watercolor

Instructor: Lynn Sondag

T R | 1:40-4:20 PM -This course will introduce the medium of watercolor through traditional and contemporary practices and applications. Students will learn course content and objectives through creating a series of  in-class painting assignments, teaching transmission of knowledge to younger artists, and interpreting/dialoguing reflective activities involving the art created and teaching experiences with the school children.

A central objective of this course is to provide you with community experiences and reflection opportunities that allow you to reinforce your competency with the watercolor medium and visual literacy skills while teaching and interacting with younger students. I am also hoping the reflection assignments and discussion will help reveal art’s potential role in providing a voice for diverse perspectives in a community and raise your awareness of important issues in education regarding the physical and social conditions in which art is created and practiced. Together, you and the Bahia Vista elementary school students will exchange ideas on the genre of landscape painting, influence each others observations and expressions in painting, and help one another foster an aesthetic appreciation of local neighbor environment, natural and man made.

This class will partner with the Bahia Vista School’s 3rd grade class in the after-school program. There will be a total of six visits where each Dominican student will pair up with two 3rd graders and “teach” the same skills and concepts recently learned in class. Teaching sessions will take place during class time with faculty guidance, and students will travel together in car pools.

illiteracyimageENGL 1004.2/3 Expository Writing: Literacy & Power

Instructor:  Caroline Hanssen (for more info on this course click here)

Sec 2: M W | 12:15-1:30 PM / Sec 3: M W | 1:40-2:55 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 high school students 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 youths 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 in partnership with Marin County Community School in San Rafael.

medicalsymbolPHIL 1109/3109.1/.2: Ethics in Health Care

Instructor:  Bonnie Howe

Sec 1: F | 9:25-12:05 PM / Sec 2: T | 4:30-7:15 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.

Our work this semester will focus on the social policy and community dimensions of health care ethics. The ANA Code of Ethics begins with a list of the nurse’s ethical duties that includes the following:  “The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting community, national and international efforts to meet health needs,” and  “the profession of nursing . . . is responsible for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice and for shaping social policy.”

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.

RLGN 1055/3155  Passion for Justice: Liberation Theologies and Social Justice


Instructor: Cynthia Taylor

R | 1:40-4:20 PM - For two thousand years, Christianity has been both a force for change and liberation, and for domination and oppression. This course focuses on the former – liberation – as Christian theological movements from the 1950s to the 1980s have combined biblical teachings with social scientific analysis not only to bring about social justice in modern societies but to challenge Christianity’s more oppressive characteristics. Throughout the semester, students will examine several key theological texts that emerged from social movements in Latin American and the United States of this period, and usually identified as Liberation Theology, Black Theology and Feminist Theologies.

Social justice is the crux of all liberation theologies. Our understanding of the intersection between theology and social justice will be deepened through a 25-hour community service component. Service-learning is a structured learning experience that combines community service with academic reflection.  Students engaged in service-learning provide community service in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as citizens. Through service-learning, which in this class will be called our Social Justice Project, the student can ascertain how theological knowledge assists him/her in their “praxis situation,” – a term used in liberation theologies to describe the tension between reflection and action.

nutritionclassroomBUS 1051/3051: Leadership in Individuals, Organizations, and Society 

Instructor: Giulia Welch

T | 4:30-7:15 PM - This course introduces the study of leadership theories from the perspectives of individuals, organizations and society, in the context of socially responsible leadership. In the context of global cultural diversity, issues include an understanding and applying of key leadership skills, teams and coaching, building constructive coalitions, facilitative leadership, followership, decision-making, leading and planning for social and organizational transformation, conflict resolution and negotiation, corporate social responsibility and leadership ethics.    

HON 3500 Self, Community, and Service: Ethical Theory and Practice

foodjustice1Instructor: Julia van der Ryn

T | 3:05-5:45 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: Marin County Community School, Canal Alliance, Marin Aids Project, MarinLink.

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