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Cross-Cultural Studies Concentration (CCST)

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The Cross-Cultural Studies Concentration objectives are: 1) to train American and international students in a program of study and interaction that will prepare them to live and work productively in a culture different from their own; 2) to provide a forum for studying problems and issues, such as pollution, disease, and human rights, that cut across traditional national or cultural boundaries and that tend to be excluded in traditional disciplines or area studies; 3) to enable students to come to a sharper understanding of their own and their academic focus culture by making comparisons explicit; 4) to create an arena for faculty whose work focuses on different parts of the world to address common issues and problems in a comparative, collaborative framework.

Requirements for the Concentration

Concentrators will select a nation or region of the world on which to focus their cultural and linguistic study.

Language: Language is fundamental to understanding other societies. Each concentrator will fulfill the Carleton language requirement (or demonstrate equivalent ability) in the language of their focus area.

Additional upper-level language study is encouraged. Courses taken in the language and/or while abroad may count (depending on director approval) toward the requirements below.

Off-Campus Study: American students will also participate in an approved international program (one or more terms), in an area where a language related to their focus is spoken. International students are exempt from this requirement since Carleton is a study abroad experience for them, but they are also encouraged to go off campus.

The concentration requires a minimum of 40 credits.

Four Core Courses:

CCST 100 Growing Up Cross-Culturally, or SOAN 100: Introduction to Anthropology, or SOAN 111 Introduction to Sociology, and

CCST 275 I'm a Stranger Here Myself, and

CCST 270 Creative Travel Writing, or AMST 115 Introduction to American Studies: The Immigrant Experience, or CCST 208 (two or more terms) International Coffee and News, or POSC 170 International Relations and World Politics, and

A capstone course, as approved by the director, and taken in the junior or senior year. The recommended capstone is EUST 398 (which brings together many CCST and EUST students who are working on cross-cultural projects). With director approval, other courses may qualify, such as POSC 236 Global, National and Human Security, or POSC 358 Comparative Social Movements, or PSYC 248 Cross-Cultural Psychology, LCST 245 Introduction to Critical Methods: Structure, Gender, Culture.

Electives: Courses from at least three of the four comparative categories listed below, as approved by the director of the concentration:

1. A course including binary comparison between the student's nation or region of focus and another culture;

2. A course dealing with regional issues (i.e., beyond national borders) related to the student's nation or region of focus;

3. A course dealing with global issues (i.e., cross-regional) including the student's nation or region of focus.

4. A course dealing with ethnic diversity and/or diaspora pertaining to the student's nation or region of focus.

Because of the broad definition of these courses, linked to each student's nation or region of focus, it is impossible to provide an exhaustive listing of options. Check current offerings in the catalog, and discuss them with the director of the concentration.

Cross-Cultural Studies Courses

CCST 100. Growing Up Cross-Culturally First-year students interested in this program should enroll in this seminar. The course is recommended but not required for the concentration and it will count as one of the electives. From cradle to grave, cultural assumptions shape our own sense of who we are. This course is designed to enable American and international students to compare how their own and other societies view birth, infancy, adolescence, marriage, adulthood, and old age. Using children's books, child-rearing manuals, movies, and ethnographies, we will explore some of the assumptions in different parts of the globe about what it means to "grow up." 6 cr., AI, WR1, IS, FallS. Cox

CCST 100. Cross Cultural Perspectives on Israeli and Palestinian Identity How have Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel shaped their senses of personal and collective identity since the early twentieth century? We will explore mental pictures of the land, one's self, and others in a selection of Israeli Jewish and Palestinian short stories, novels, and films. Select fiction and memoirs from Britain's mandate rule in Palestine (1918-1948) will add historical context. Through similar writing we will explore some of the humanistic roots of U.S. involvement in Israeli-Palestinian relations today. Students will research and enrich our class focus by introducing us to perspectives on Israel/Palestine in their home countries or elsewhere. 6 cr., AI, WR1, IS, FallS. Beckwith

CCST 208. International Coffee and News Have you just returned from Asia, Africa, Europe, or South America? This course is an excellent way to keep in touch with the culture (and, when appropriate, the language) you left behind. Relying on magazines and newspapers around the world, students will discuss common topics and themes representing a wide array of regions. You may choose to read the press in the local language, or read English-language media about your region, meeting once each week for conversational exchange. (Language of conversation is English.) Prerequisite: Students must have participated in at least one OCS program (Carleton or non-Carleton). 2 cr., S/CR/NC, HI, IS, FallL. Battaglini

CCST 210. Global/Local Perspectives How do global processes affect local cultures (and vice versa)? How do transnational movements of people, goods, capital, images and ideas affect identities? Is it really possible to translate, compare, and converse across cultures? Such questions animate this course, which aims to expose CCST concentrators, as well as interested students in related majors and concentrations, to theories and methods in the interdisciplinary field variously called global studies or cross-cultural studies. To model interdisciplinary conversation and methods of inquiry, the course incorporates co-instructors and guest presenters from the humanities and social sciences and includes readings drawn from multiple disciplines. 6 cr., SI, IS, Not offered in 2015-2016.

CCST 270. Creative Travel Writing Workshop Travelers write. Whether it be in the form of postcards, text messages, blogs, or articles, writing serves to anchor memory and process difference, making foreign experience understandable to us and accessible to others. While examining key examples of the genre, you will draw on your experiences off-campus for your own work. Student essays will be critiqued in a workshop setting, and all work will be revised before final submission. Some use of blended media is also possible. Prerequisite: Must have participated in a Carleton or non-Carleton OCS program. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, ARP, WR2, WinterS. Carpenter

CCST 275. I'm A Stranger Here Myself What do enculturation, tourism, culture shock, "going native," haptics, cross-cultural adjustment, and third culture kids have in common? How do intercultural transitions shape identity? What is intercultural competence? This course explores theories about intercultural contact and tests their usefulness by applying them to the analysis of world literature, case studies, and the visual arts, and by employing students' intercultural experiences as evidence. From individualized, self-reflective exercises to community-oriented group endeavors, our activities will promote new intercultural paradigms in the classroom and the wider community. Course designed for off-campus returnees, students who have lived abroad, or who have experienced being outsiders. 6 cr., SI, IS, WinterÉ. Pósfay

Pertinent courses are available in a wide range of disciplines, including: Art History, Economics, History, Music, Area Studies, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology and Anthropology. For questions about particular courses, please check the department Web site or contact the director.

Binary Comparison:

ARTS 275 Studio Art Seminar in th South Pacific: The Physical and Cultural Environment (not offered in 2015-2016)

FREN 225 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean

FREN 238 French Classics Reimagined

FREN 360 The Algerian War of Liberation and Its Representations

WGST 200 Gender, Power and the Pursuit of Knowledge

Regional Perspective:

AMST 240 The Midwest and the American Imagination

ARTH 164 Buddhist Art

ASST 260 Resistance Struggles & People's Movements in India (not offered in 2015-2016)

BIOL 210 Global Change Biology

ENGL 238 African Literature in English

FREN 245 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (not offered in 2015-2016)

HEBR 221 Israeli Literature in the Middle East (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 137 Early Medieval Worlds (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 139 Foundations of Modern Europe (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 140 The Age of Revolutions: Modern Europe, 1789-1914 (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 141 Europe in the Twentieth Century (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 169 Colonial Latin America 1492-1810 (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 170 Modern Latin America 1810-Present

HIST 204 Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Medieval Mediterranean (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 232 Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy

HIST 233 Cultures of Empire: Byzantium, 843-1453

HIST 236 Women's Lives in Pre-Modern Europe (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 259 Women in South Asia: Histories, Narratives and Representation

HIST 260 The Making of the Modern Middle East (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 265 Central Asia in the Modern Age (not offered in 2015-2016)

LTAM 300 Issues in Latin American Studies

MUSC 243 Musical Cultures of the Caribbean (not offered in 2015-2016)

POSC 221 Latin American Politics (not offered in 2015-2016)

POSC 241 Ethnic Conflict (not offered in 2015-2016)

POSC 255 Post-Modern Political Thought (not offered in 2015-2016)

POSC 263 European Political Economy (not offered in 2015-2016)

POSC 322 Neoliberalism and the New Left in Latin America* (not offered in 2015-2016)

RELG 150 Religions of South Asia (not offered in 2015-2016)

RELG 253 Tibetan Buddhism (not offered in 2015-2016)

SOAN 250 Ethnography of Latin America

SOAN 256 Africa: Representation and Conflict (not offered in 2015-2016)

SOAN 259 Comparative Issues in Native North America (not offered in 2015-2016)

SPAN 207 Exploring Hispanic Culture (not offered in 2015-2016)

SPAN 242 Introduction to Latin American Literature

SPAN 255 Women Dramatists in Latin America: Staging Conflicts (not offered in 2015-2016)

SPAN 260 Forces of Nature (not offered in 2015-2016)

SPAN 321 Murder as a Fine Art: The Detective Novel in Latin America (not offered in 2015-2016)

Global Issues:

BIOL 210 Global Change Biology

BIOL 212 Australia/New Zealand Program: Ecological Field Research

BIOL 321 Ecosystem Ecology

BIOL 352 Population Ecology

ECON 224 Cambridge Program: Cross-Cultural Choice Experiments

ECON 281 International Finance

ENTS 215 Environmental Ethics

ENTS 244 Biodiversity Conservation and Development

FREN 249 Paris Program: Hybrid Paris

FREN 349 Paris Program: Hybrid Paris

HIST 267 Muslims and Modernity (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 360 Muslims and Modernity (not offered in 2015-2016)

MUSC 111 Classical Music: An Introduction (not offered in 2015-2016)

MUSC 210 Medieval and Renaissance Music (not offered in 2015-2016)

MUSC 245 Music of Africa

POSC 120 Democracy and Dictatorship

POSC 255 Post-Modern Political Thought (not offered in 2015-2016)

POSC 259 Justice Among Nations

POSC 265 Capitalist Crises, Power, and Policy

POSC 268 Global Environmental Politics and Policy

POSC 281 Global Society: An Approach to World Politics (not offered in 2015-2016)

POSC 349 Justice Among Nations

POSC 355 Identity, Culture and Rights* (not offered in 2015-2016)

POSC 358 Comparative Social Movements*

PSYC 358 Cross-Cultural Psychology Seminar in Prague: Psychopathology (not offered in 2015-2016)

PSYC 384 Psychology of Prejudice

RELG 121 Introduction to Christianity

RELG 245 Buddha (not offered in 2015-2016)

RELG 263 Sufism

SOAN 226 Anthropology of Gender (not offered in 2015-2016)

SOAN 234 Ecology, Economy, and Culture (not offered in 2015-2016)

SOAN 262 Anthropology of Health and Illness

SOAN 302 Anthropology and Indigenous Rights (not offered in 2015-2016)

SPAN 220 Magical Realism in Latin American Narrative

WGST 110 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

WGST 240 Gender, Globalization and War (not offered in 2015-2016)

WGST 396 Transnational Feminist Activism (not offered in 2015-2016)

Ethnic Diversity and Diaspora:

AMST 115 Introduction to American Studies: Immigration and American Culture

EDUC 353 Schooling and Opportunity in American Society (not offered in 2015-2016)

ENGL 119 Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature (not offered in 2015-2016)

ENGL 235 Asian American Literature

ENGL 258 Contemporary American Playwrights of Color

FREN 242 Journeys of Self-Discovery (not offered in 2015-2016)

FREN 243 Topics in Cultural Studies: Cultural Reading of Food (not offered in 2015-2016)

FREN 244 Contemporary France and Humor

FREN 308 France and the African Imagination

HIST 267 Muslims and Modernity (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 276 The African Diaspora in Latin America (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 322 Civil Rights and Black Power (not offered in 2015-2016)

HIST 360 Muslims and Modernity (not offered in 2015-2016)

POSC 355 Identity, Culture and Rights* (not offered in 2015-2016)

PSYC 358 Cross-Cultural Psychology Seminar in Prague: Psychopathology (not offered in 2015-2016)

PSYC 384 Psychology of Prejudice

RELG 130 Native American Religions

RELG 243 Native American Religious Freedom

SOAN 259 Comparative Issues in Native North America (not offered in 2015-2016)

SOAN 302 Anthropology and Indigenous Rights (not offered in 2015-2016)

SPAN 344 Women Writers in Latin America: Body and Text (not offered in 2015-2016)