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DOC 3: Imagination + Action

DOC 3, "Imagination + Action," is a six-unit course offered every spring quarter. 

Course Description

As the culmination of the sequence, DOC 3 aims to develop students' research processes.  Students will have to use their critical reading and writing skills to produce a final research paper that analyzes an issue on the UC San Diego campus related to the larger structural iniquities and questions of justice that ground the DOC sequence.  Students will not only analyze the issue of their choice as it relates to campus, but also propose a solution or action supported by their research.  DOC 3 thus takes seriously the call to imagine institutions differently that defined the establishment of Thurgood Marshall College in 1970.

Prerequisites and Enrollment

Completion of DOC 2 is a prerequisite of DOC 3.  Students must take the DOC sequence in order.  DOC 3 must be taken for a Letter Grade. 

DOC 3 discussion sections will meet twice a week, starting Week 1.  Failure to attend the first discussion section meeting may result in the student losing his/her space in the course. Adding or switching DOC sections may be done via WebReg as openings occur through Friday of Week 1. Students may not add late or miss the first week of the quarter. Students who are still on waitlists at the end of Week 1 should plan to take DOC 3 in 2022.

This course is restricted to Thurgood Marshall College students, and must be taken for a Letter Grade.

Lecturers for Spring Quarter 2021

Although all instruction will be remote and there will be no on-campus DOC classes, the Wednesday lectures will be live and synchronous.  For this reason, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a DOC 3 lecture at a time when they will be able to be online for at least some of the lectures throughout the quarter. (If it is impossible for students to participate in every synchronous class, they will be able to access recordings of them later.) 


Specific Information for Spring Quarter 2021

All DOC 3 instruction will be delivered remotely, with both synchronous and asynchronous aspects.  For example, all Wednesday DOC 3 lectures will be presented live and synchronous.  In addition, Teaching Assistants will present the first of the two weekly DOC 3 discussion sections live.  In other words, the Tuesday and Wednesday discussions sections will be live and synchronous.  Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in DOC 3 lecture AND discussion section times when they will be able to be online live for at least some of the class meetings throughout the quarter.  (If it is impossible for students to participate in every synchronous class, they will be able to access recordings of them later.)

Enrolled students will be able to access the DOC 3 Syllabus, assignments, additional material, and notices through Canvas.  Per the DOC Director's message of 2/04/21, "Because of the extensive work and re-structuring that the program has done to support your learning and ensure that you pass, I am asserting that DOC 2 and DOC 3, as the required writing-intensive courses at the core of the TMC general education requirements, will remain letter-grade only courses."

See the 2021 DOC 3 Section List with Teaching Assistants' Names.  Students should verify their section number on TritonLink, since several discussion sections may be meeting at the same time. 

Depicted in image above – top row left to right: Larry Itliong, Dolores Huerta, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr. 
bottom row left to right: Patrice Lumumba, Emiliano Zapata, Sojourner Truth, Angela Davis