Spring 2018

Dominican Service-Learning Courses for Spring 2018


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)

  • BUS 4032: SL: Taxation: A Business Perspective
  • CASC/HCS 3405: Community Engaged Research Methods
  • CLQ 3290/92: SL: Understanding the "Other": Shaping the Future in the Midst of Difference
  • ENGL 1004.2: SL: Expository Writing
  • ENGL 3200.3: SL: Advanced Writing & Research
  • PHIL 1109/3109: SL: Ethics in Healthcare (Hybrid)
  • PHIL 3520: SL: Self & Community, Service: Thinking & Action for Ethical Being (Hybrid)
  • RLGN 1086/3186: SL: Catholic Social Teaching
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    CLQ 3290/92 | Understanding the "Other": Shaping the Future in the Midst of Difference

    Instructors: Emily Wu & Julia van der Ryn
    CLQ 3290: Anthropological Other-ing
    M W | 12:15-1:30 PM - This course explores narratives of "the other" in the field of anthropology. We consider how ethnography-the method of anthropology-provides a unique lens for understanding difference. Students will explore the potential value of anthropological research in light of the many arguments critiquing studies of "the other."  Corequisite: CLQ 3292.

    CLQ 3292: Humanizing Other & Equality

    M W | 10:50-12:05 PM - Students examine specific root causes that have historically created "others" in American society -- and that continue to do so today. We draw from critical philosophy to consider theoretical frameworks and social movements that start with the premise that youth have a voice to shape their own futures. Corequisite: CLQ 3290.

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    CASC/HCS 3405: Community Engaged Research Methods

    Instructor: Jennifer Lucko
    T R | 1:40-2:55 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 1004: Expository Writing 

    Instructor: Caroline Hanssen
    M W | 10:50-12:05 PMOur writing course is centered thematically on the question of "Who's there?" Through a lens of curiosity about others--especially those who may be "invisible"--as well as ourselves, students will learn strong college writing skills while also developing meaningful relationships through service-learning. 

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

    Instructor: Juia van der Ryn
    W | 6:00-8:40 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.


    ENGL 3200.3 Advanced Writing and Research

    Instructor: Matt Davis
    M W | 10:50-12:05 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.


    PHIL 1109/3109: Ethics in Health Care (Hybrid)

    Instructor: George Faithful
    W | 4:30-5:45 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.

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    RLGN 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.


    BUS 4032: Taxation: A Business Perspective

    Instructor: Yan Jin
    M W | 4:30-5:45 PM - Students will determine Federal individual and corporate tax liabilities and conduct tax research. The tax implications of investment, retirement, and business decisions are covered. The class will study the impact of tax policies on the economy. Real-world tax preparation skills are developed through serving with Tax Aid, doing tax returns for low income individuals and families.