Fall 2016

Service-Learning Courses for Fall 2016


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CLQ 3341/42 | Beauty in the Struggle:

Instructors: Lynn Sondag & Julia van der Ryn
PHIL: Thinking for A Change: Philosophy in the Streets, Schools, & Public Life
T R | 1:40-2:55 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. 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 3342.

ART: Imagination for A Change: Art Education and the Creation of Rewarding Relationships
T R | 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. Corequisite: CLQ 3341.

Structures of Power & Forgiveness

CLQ 3430: Structures of Power & Forgiveness

Instructor: Emily Wu
T R | 4:30-5:45- 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.

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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.  


ENGL 1004.2 & 3| Expository Writing: Literacy & Power

Instructors: Cheramie Leo & Lisa Thomas
M W | 9:25-10:40 AM (Prof Leo), 10:50-12:05 PM (Prof Thomas) - 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.

Asian Religion

PHIL/RLGN 1077/3177: Philosophy and Religions of Asia

Instructor: Emily Wu
T R | 1:40-2:55 PM - This course explores the ideologies and practices of one or more major religious traditions of Asia–Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism–not only through classical religious texts and academic interpretations, but also through service-learning opportunities in local Asian religious and cultural agencies and organizations.



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. In Fall 2016 we are partnering with the National Park Service (NPS) to develop multiple, student driven public history research projects.  Students will visit the Headlands and NPS archives, utilize community archives, and present their research in multiple mediums designed for long-term consumption by the general public.