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Fall 2014

Dominican Service-Learning Courses for Fall 2014


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This fall we are offering 3 Service-Learning Colloquia:


drummingCLQ 3390/91: Being Human:Cultural & Spiritual Humanhood/What Does It Mean to be Human? 

Instructors: Emily Wu & Lindsey Dean

T R | 9:25-12:05 PM - 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.

CLQ 3341/42 | Beauty in the Struggle: Critical & Creative Engagement for a Living Democracy:beautynstruggle

Instructors:  Lynn Sondag & Julia van der Ryn
ART: Imagination for Change: Art Education and the Creation of Rewarding Relationships
M W | 3:05-4:20 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.

PHIL: Thinking for Change: Philosophy in the Streets, Schools, & Public Life
M W | 4:30-5:45 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.  

fenceCLQ 3280/81: What is Just?  Philosophical and Biblical Perspectives on Inequality, Poverty, and Homelessness

Instructors: Bonnie Howe & Laura Stivers
CLQ 3280: Poverty in the Bible - T R | 10:50-12:05 PM - This course focuses on wealth and poverty, belonging and homelessness in the biblical narratives. Students will learn about socio-cultural study of the Bible, and explore how readings can inform praxis, as we engage in service among the poor and homeless.

CLQ 3281: Justice and A Common Good - T R | 1:40-2:55 PM This course focuses on philosophical understandings of justice and different world views/ frameworks for understanding inequality, poverty, and homelessness. Through service-learning placements addressing homelessness, students will learn to view inequality and poverty from the standpoint of the margins with a goal of promoting social justice and a common good.


ENGL 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.

sunflowerPHIL 1109/3109.2: 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.

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 Justiceclq3341.draw1

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 | 3:05-5:45 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.

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