Spring 2017

Dominican Service-Learning Courses for Spring 2017


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)

This Spring we are offering two SL Colloquia:


CLQ 3190/91 | Environmental Advocacy & Law through Art

Instructors: Eric Sinrod & Lynn Sondag
T R | 3:05-4:20 & 4:30-5:45 PM - This colloquium will focus on philosophical and ethical literature within the preservationist and environmental justice movements, as well as how art plays an instrumental role in how we perceive an environment. Students will examine the paradigm shift in the environmental justice movement from an emphasis on wilderness destruction and preservation to environmental racism and justice. Theories from class will inspire a series of community art projects that examine the spiritual, social, and ethical connections between people and their environments.


CLQ 3290/92 | Understanding the "Other": Shaping the Future in the Midst of Difference

Instructors: Jennifer Lucko & 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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PSY 3121: Adult Development & Aging (Hybrid)

Instructor: Veronica Fruiht
M W | 10:50-12:05 PM - Human growth and development from early to late adulthood, including aging, death and dying. Includes social, biological, moral, familial, vocational, sexual, religious, and personal processes as they appear and are given significance within the developmental process. Service is an integral part of this course as it allows us to bridge theory to practice within an academic context that supports and deepens our understanding of this experience through relevant texts, discussion, and reflection.


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.


HON 3200: Aquatic Ecosystems

Instructor: Lindsey Sullivan
T | 6:00-8:00 PM - This class provides a holistic view of aquatic ecosystems: water/soil quality as well as plant and animal diversity. A major focus is comprehension of how environmental issues like sustainability, natural disasters, and invasive species affect humans, then develop and implement a civic project regarding these issues. The laboratory component includes gathering samples in the field and interpreting data in the laboratory. While classroom activities (lecture/laboratory) will supply the foundation of knowledge in this course, research participation through our community partner (service-learning) will present an opportunity to employ this knowledge, as well as provide hands-on experience regarding human impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Course includes 5 Saturdays with our community partner.


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

Instructors: Julia van der Ryn & Emily Wu
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.


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. 


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: Deanne Sorola
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: Bonnie Howe
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.


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.