Fall 2018

Dominican Service-Learning Courses for Fall 2018


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RLGN 1178.3: The World's Religions

Instructor: Emily Wu
M W | 4:30-5:45 PM
A study of humankind’s ultimate and enduring questions–the nature of reality and the meaning and end of human life–against the background of its multiform spiritual heritage. The course will survey the world’s great religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism), accenting both their commonalities and their distinctiveness with special attention to the unique social vision of the Judeo-Christian tradition. 

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HONO 3301: Community Engaged Art

Instructor: Lynn Sondag
M W | 3:05-5:45 PM - This course introduces students to the concepts and craft of community-engaged art. In their assignments students will think critically and creatively about how art intersects with community concerns. The creative process will serve as an inquiry-based, hands-on approach to explore ideas, collaborate with others, and hone a unique and impactful artistic statement. Ultimately the class will produce a work of art with and for the community, which addresses locally relevant sustainability or social justice issues.

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HIST 3901: Public History

Instructor: Jordan Lieser
F | 9:25-12:05 PM - Public History engages students for historical work in the public sector by grounding them in public history methodology and theory, while also giving them practical experience conducting client-based research. The work of public historians often requires a distinct set of research skills that moves beyond traditional archival research and historiographical argumentation. 

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SPAN 3201: Adv. Composition & Conversation

Instructor: Radica Ostojic-Portello
T R | 9:25-10:40 AM - 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.  

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CMS 3601 | Public Relations and Marketing

Instructor: Brad Van Alstyne
M W | 10:50-12:05 PM - Study of the basic public relations process and development of the skills necessary to orchestrate and execute a persuasive campaign. Close examination of public relations tasks to emphasize the skill of writing clear and intriguing copy for news releases, choosing media outlets that target the appropriate audience, persuading media outlets to grant media exposure, grooming the client, and controlling negative publicity.

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ENGL 1004.4 & 5 | Expository Writing

Instructor(s): Sr. Aaron Winkelman, Caroline Hanssen
T R | 9:25-10:40 AM (Prof Winkelman), 10:50-12:05 PM (Prof Hanssen) - These composition courses 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.

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

Instructor: Cynthia Taylor
T R | 3:05-4:20 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 service=learning. 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.

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HONO 3500: Self, Community & Service: Ethical Theory & Practice

Instructor: George Faithful
W | 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..


PHIL 1109/3109.1 & 2 | Ethics in Health Care

Instructor(s): Lindsey Dean & George Faithful
Sec 1 (Hybrid) - Wed, 4:30-5:45 PM (Prof Dean) | Sec 2 - Mon, 10:50-12:05 PM (Prof Faithful) |  - 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.

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CASC/HCS 3400: Theory & Practice/Community Action & Social Change 

Instructor: Emily Wu
T | 6:00-8:40 PM 
- This course provides foundational frameworks for analyzing oppression, power and privilege. Through readings, social engagement and case studies, students examine larger contexts and structures that impact individuals and diverse communities. Students learn about key theories in community engagement literature and participate directly with community to build civic skills and learn about social advocacy from local leaders. Students reflect on their own identities and civic roles in the larger society.

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ENGL 3200.4 Advanced Writing and Research

Instructor: Matthew E. Davis
T R | 9:25-10:40 AM - 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.

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CASC 3453: Theater of the Oppressed (1 Unit) 

Instructor: TBD
SAT - 9/08, 9/15 & 9/29 | 1:00-5:30 PM
Join the Theater of the Oppressed course, where spectators become spect-actors in the process of social and political change!  In this class, the professor will guide the attendees to explore, analyze, and transform systemic imbalance and structural violence.