Liberal Arts And Education (A2 Courses)

Broaden your learning through a variety of courses taught by top Liberal Arts and Education faculty. 

This course will provide a broad overview of artworks created in public spaces including international cities known for their bold and brilliant street art such as Buenos Aires, Paris, Tokyo, and New York; as well as the local street art and unique murals here in San Francisco. We will gain an appreciation for the ways this art form benefits the communities they are created in, and participate in a virtual collaborative artistic exchange with residents in San Rafael's Canal neighborhood. 1 unit.

Mode: 
Blended synchronous (live classes) & asynchronous (independent, guided learning)

Platform:
Moodle, Zoom, Google Suite and Slack

Requirements:
For returning Honors students. Students need reliable internet access.

Schedule: 
11 a.m.-noon (July 27-31) 

Instructors:
Lynn Sondag

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Learn how social media memes, graphics, and images are used as tools to activate and inspire. 1 unit.

Mode: 
Blended synchronous (live classes) & asynchronous (independent, guided learning)

Platform:
Moodle, Canva, Adobe Muse and Instagram

Requirements:
For new and returning Dominican students. Students need reliable internet access, a smartphone and a laptop/desktop computer. 

Schedule: 
Per agreement with instructor (July 13-August 3) 

Instructors:
Steven Polacco

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What's in a museum and why? Find out in this short course introducing you to some of the world's most wonderful (and weird) museums. 1 unit.

Topics to be considered:

  • What are museums?  (A fascinating survey of the creation of “collections” from ancient to modern times. Political, economic, psychological purposes and aims of forming “collections” – private/public.) 
  • What are the diverse types of museums through history? Art museums? History museums? Natural Science museums? Ethnographic collections? What's in a museum and why? How is history preserved, and what historical art/artifacts are designated as being “museum-worthy?” 
  • The traditionally “major” museums of the world will provide a focus for the course, so the foundational (and controversial) histories of examples such as the British Museum in London, the Louvre Museum in Paris (etc., etc.) will be covered. 
  • However, the course also aims to explore other and perhaps more idiosyncratic, less well-known museum collections while exploring the questions: “What is a museum?” and “What’s in a museum and why?” 

Mode: 
Asynchronous (independent, guided learning)

Platform:
Moodle

Requirements:
For returning Dominican students and for students who are comfortable working independently. Students need reliable internet access.

Schedule: 
July 13-August 3

Instructors:
Leslie Ross

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Toni Morrison wrote that "that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else."

"Just Learning" students cultivate critical consciousness, the ability to intervene in reality in order to change it. Combining knowledge from their own lived experience with an analysis of larger social contexts, "Just Learning" students empower themselves and  build capacity to question injustice, advocate, and take informed action. 1 unit.

Mode: 
Blended synchronous (live classes) & asynchronous (independent, guided learning)

Platform:
Moodle, Zoom, Slack, Medium

Requirements:
For new and returning Dominican students planning to major in Social Justice or a related major. Students need reliable internet access.

Schedule: 
Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. (July 14, 21, 28)

Instructors:
Julia Van Der Ryn

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The Netflix series “Gentefied” illustrates many principles that are key to mutually-beneficial community engagement. Working together to address social issues requires practicing cultural humility with diverse people and communities. Students will examine social identities and related power imbalances and the local Marin county context, especially in relation to the Canal, a predominantly Latinx immigrant community in San Rafael. 1 unit.

Mode: 
Blended synchronous (live classes) & asynchronous (independent, guided learning)

Platform:
Moodle, Zoom, Slack, Netflix

Requirements:
For new and returning Dominican students. Students need reliable internet access.

Schedule: 
Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m. (July 16, 23, 30)

Instructors:
Julia Van Der Ryn

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Learn the basics of developing your own radio show, using your voice as an instrument, and how to run a radio station. 1 unit.

Mode: 
Synchronous (live classes) 

Platform:
Moodle, Zoom

Requirements:
For new and returning Dominican students. Students need reliable internet access.

Schedule: 
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. (July 13-August 3)

Instructor:
Stuart Horne

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This course is a film study of two recent blockbuster hits through the lens of understanding the intimate relationship between aesthetics, capital, and politics. Students will receive an introduction to film theory and consider the ways in which global capital's shift away from the West influences the politics of racial representation and popular art forms. 1 unit.

Mode: 
Blended synchronous (live classes) & asynchronous (independent, guided learning)

Platform:
Google Suite, Zoom, Slack

Requirements:
For new and returning Dominican students. Students need reliable internet access.

Schedule: 
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (July 13-August 3)

Instructor:
Amy Wong

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Based in the stagecraft of theater, this course develops the actor’s skill through monologue and character development. Studying and rehearsing speeches from early modern, modern, and contemporary drama, students will practice objective setting, improvisation, movement, and vocal technique. 1 unit.

Mode: 
Blended synchronous (live classes) & asynchronous (independent, guided learning)

Platform:
Google Suite, Moodle

Requirements:
For new and returning Dominican students. Students need reliable internet access and a recording device (i.e. mobile phone with built-in camera). 

Schedule: 
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m. (July 13-August 3)

Instructor:
Perry Guevara

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Flash or sudden fiction is a genre that grows in popularity as attention spans shorten. Are you still reading? Students review, practice, and workshop all the basics found in longer works (plot, dialogue, characterization, setting, and conflict) and learn to hone and compress. Useful application for writing very short stories, graphic novels, one-act plays, blog narratives, and the like. Short and sweet. 1 unit.

Mode: 
Blended synchronous (live classes) & asynchronous (independent, guided learning)

Platform:
Moodle, Zoom

Requirements:
For new and returning Dominican students. Students need reliable internet access.

Schedule: 
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-2 p.m. (July 13-August 3)

Instructor:
Carlos Rodriguez

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World War II is well-known for technological innovation, fascism, global diplomacy, and military conflicts. However, it also serves as an important historical example for censorship and propaganda.  Cartoon characters, including those from Disney, Looney Tunes, and even Dr. Suess, were at the center in this effort. This course carefully studies censorship and propaganda across the globe during the war and asks students to critically analyze the propaganda pieces within their historical context. 1 unit.

Mode: 
Blended synchronous (live classes) & asynchronous (independent, guided learning)

Platform:
Moodle, Zoom

Requirements:
For new and returning Dominican students. Students need reliable internet access.

Schedule: 
Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m. (July 13-August 3)

Instructor:
Jordan Lieser

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This class will explore psychological, social, neurobiological and evolutionary explanations of murder. 
1 unit.

Mode: 
Asynchronous (independent, guided learning)

Platform:
Moodle, Google Suite

Requirements:
For returning Dominican students and for students who are comfortable working independently.
Students need reliable internet access.

Schedule: 
July 13-August 3

Instructor:
Afshin Gharib

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Meet Your Instructors

Steven Polaco headshot

Steven Polacco, MFA

Chair and Director of Graphic Design Program
Lynn Sondag headshot

Lynn Sondag

Associate Professor of Art Honors Program Director
Leslie Ross headshot

Leslie Ross, PhD

Professor and Chair of Art History and Visual Studies
Julia van der Ryn headshot

Julia van der Ryn, MA

Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Social Justice
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Stuart Horne, MA

Assistant Professor Executive Director, Penguin Radio
Amy Wong headshot

Amy R. Wong, PhD

Assistant Professor of English
Perry Guevara headshot

Perry Guevara, PhD

Assistant Professor of English
Carlos Rodriguez headshot

Carlos Rodriguez, MA

Division Chair
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Jordan Lieser, PhD

Assistant Professor, History
Afshin Gharib headshot

Afshin Gharib, PhD

Professor