Spring 2019

Dominican Service-Learning Courses for Spring 2019


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)

  • ART 3119: SL: Art Fundamentals for Educators
  • CASC/HCS 3405: SL: Community Engaged Research Methods
  • CLQ 3500/01: SL: Justice Embodied
  • CLQ 3430: SL: Structures of Power & Forgiveness
  • ENGL 1004.2: SL:Expository Writing
  • ENGL 3200.3: SL: Advanced Writing & Research
  • HONO 3190: SL: World Religions: Worldview & Practices
  • PHIL 1109.1/3109.1: SL: Ethics in Healthcare
  • RLGN 3170.1: SL: The Spirituality of the Earth
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CLQ 3500/01: Justice Embodied

Instructors: Perry Guevara & Julia van der Ryn
CLQ 3500: Just Play: Shakespeare for Social Justice
T R | 1:40-2:55 PM - Just Playing encourages students to understand the complex interplay of race, class, and gender in Shakespeare’s plays and adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays performed in the American prison system. Students will then work with community partners to put principles of restorative justice into practice for those impacted by mass incarceration. Corequisite: CLQ 3501..

CLQ 3501: Just Learning: Books not Bars

T R | 3:05-4:20 PM - Just Learning engages students in developing critical consciousness through the examination of the education and prison systems and alternative approaches. Students gain knowledge to advocate on behalf of shared human rights and work with community partners to put principles of restorative justice into practice for those impacted by mass incarceration. Corequisite: CLQ 3500.

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CASC/HCS 3405: Community Engaged Research Methods

Instructor: Jennifer Lucko
T R | 10:50-12:05 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.


ENGL 1004.2: Expository Writing 

Instructor: Amy Wong
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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ART 3119: Art Fundamentals for Educators

Instructor: Lynn Sondag
M W | 1:40-4:20 PM - This course simultaneously instructs students in college level art while addressing teaching strategies for bringing to the elementary classroom. Course assignments will primarily focus on the concepts and language of two-dimensional art, formal elements of color and design, and includes basic three dimensional art processes. Assignments will be illuminated by service-learning, course readings, examples of art from various cultures and historical periods. 


ENGL 3200.3: Advanced Writing and Research

Instructor: Thomas Burke
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 1109/3109.1: Ethics in Health Care (Hybrid)

Instructor: Lindsey Dean
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 3170.1: The Spirituality of the Earth

Instructor: Chase Clow
F | 9:25-12:05 PM - A sustained reflection on the role of religion in the task of developing an ecologically sound relationship to the Earth, and on the degree to which that relationship suggests new possibilities for the human spirit. Academic content is applied and enriched through work with community partners addressing social/environmental issues.

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HONO 3190: World Religions: Worldview & Practices

Instructor: George Faithful
M W | 4:30-5:45 PM - An exploratory course designed to introduce students to six of the world’s traditions. In addition, themes may include forgiveness, dance, pluralism, the aftermath of 9-11 and weeping.

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CLQ 3430: Structures of Power & Forgiveness

Instructor: Emily Wu
T R | 4:30-5:45 PM - This course considers the significance of power and inequality in acts of compassion and forgiveness. Drawing from social theory, we analyze how social contexts structure the possibilities for social justice and social transformation when individuals choose compassion and forgiveness over anger and resentment. Corequisite: CLQ 3431.