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Cross-Cultural Studies Concentration (CCST)

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The Cross-Cultural Studies Concentration objectives are: 1) to bring together 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

Language is fundamental to understanding other societies and it is therefore fundamental to the concentration. Each concentrator will fulfill the Carleton language requirement in the language of the focus area, or will study in a language-intensive program in the focus area. Upper level language study is encouraged.

Concentrators will select a nation or region of the world on which to focus their cultural and linguistic study. This area will then be examined from three out of the following four perspectives:

In binary comparison with another culture

In regional perspective (i.e., beyond national borders)

In relation to global issues

Relating to ethnic diversity and diaspora

Core courses:

AMST 115 Introduction to American Studies: The Immigrant Experience and

CCST 100: Growing Up Cross-Culturally (recommended but not required) and

CCST 275: I'm a Stranger Here Myself and

POSC 170 International Relations and World Politics or POSC 236 Global, National and Human Security or POSC 358 Comparative Social Movements


Three courses from a least three of the four comparative categories listed above, to be selected from the list of pertinent courses available on the department Web site.

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 an off-campus experience for them, but they are also encouraged to go off campus.

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. Leonhard

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, Fall,Winter,SpringN. Tomonari

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 2014-2015.

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

CCST 275 I'm A Stranger Here Myself

FREN 235 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (not offered in 2014-2015)

FREN 395 The Mande of West Africa: A Tradition of Change

WGST 200 Gender, Power and the Pursuit of Knowledge

Regional Perspective:

AMST 240 The Midwest and the American Imagination (not offered in 2014-2015)

ARTH 164 Buddhist Art (not offered in 2014-2015)

ASST 260 Resistance Struggles & People's Movements in India (not offered in 2014-2015)

BIOL 210 Global Change Biology

ENGL 238 African Literature in English

FREN 245 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (not offered in 2014-2015)

HEBR 221 Israeli Literature in the Middle East (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 137 Early Medieval Worlds

HIST 139 Foundations of Modern Europe

HIST 140 The Age of Revolutions: Modern Europe, 1789-1914 (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 141 Europe in the Twentieth Century

HIST 169 Colonial Latin America 1492-1810 (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 170 Modern Latin America 1810-Present (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 204 Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Medieval Mediterranean

HIST 232 Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 233 Cultures of Empire: Byzantium, 843-1453 (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 236 Women's Lives in Pre-Modern Europe (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 259 Women in South Asia: Histories, Narratives and Representation (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 260 The Making of the Modern Middle East

HIST 265 Central Asia in the Modern Age (not offered in 2014-2015)

LTAM 300 Issues in Latin American Studies (not offered in 2014-2015)

MUSC 243 Musical Cultures of the Caribbean (not offered in 2014-2015)

POSC 221 Latin American Politics

POSC 241 Ethnic Conflict

POSC 255 Post-Modern Political Thought

POSC 263 European Political Economy (not offered in 2014-2015)

POSC 269 Issues in Postmodern Political Thought (not offered in 2014-2015)

POSC 322 Neoliberalism and the New Left in Latin America* (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 150 Religions of South Asia

RELG 251 Theravada Buddhism (not offered in 2014-2015)

RELG 253 Tibetan Buddhism (not offered in 2014-2015)

SOAN 250 Ethnography of Latin America (not offered in 2014-2015)

SOAN 256 Africa: Representation and Conflict

SOAN 259 Comparative Issues in Native North America (not offered in 2014-2015)

SPAN 207 Exploring Hispanic Culture (not offered in 2014-2015)

SPAN 242 Introduction to Latin American Literature

SPAN 255 Women Dramatists in Latin America: Staging Conflicts (not offered in 2014-2015)

SPAN 260 Forces of Nature (not offered in 2014-2015)

SPAN 321 Murder as a Fine Art: The Detective Novel in Latin America (not offered in 2014-2015)

SPAN 336 Genealogies of the Modern: Turn of the Century Latin America (not offered in 2014-2015)

Global Issues:

BIOL 210 Global Change Biology

BIOL 212 Australia Program: Ecological Field Research

BIOL 321 Ecosystem Ecology

BIOL 352 Population Ecology

CHEM 328 Environmental Analysis (not offered in 2014-2015)

ECON 224 Cambridge Program: The Economics of Inequality in Britain

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

FREN 360 Topics in French Studies: Algeria-France (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 267 Muslims and Modernity

HIST 360 Muslims and Modernity

MUSC 111 Classical Music: An Introduction (not offered in 2014-2015)

MUSC 210 Medieval and Renaissance Music (not offered in 2014-2015)

MUSC 245 Music of Africa

POSC 120 Comparative Political Regimes

POSC 255 Post-Modern Political Thought

POSC 259 Justice Among Nations (not offered in 2014-2015)

POSC 265 Capitalist Crises, Power, and Policy

POSC 268 Global Environmental Politics and Policy

POSC 269 Issues in Postmodern Political Thought (not offered in 2014-2015)

POSC 281 Global Society: An Approach to World Politics (not offered in 2014-2015)

POSC 355 Identity, Culture and Rights* (not offered in 2014-2015)

POSC 358 Comparative Social Movements* (not offered in 2014-2015)

PSYC 358 Cross-Cultural Psychology Seminar in Prague: Psychopathology

PSYC 384 Psychology of Prejudice

RELG 121 Introduction to Christianity

RELG 245 Buddha

RELG 263 Islamic Mysticism (not offered in 2014-2015)

SOAN 226 Anthropology of Gender (not offered in 2014-2015)

SOAN 234 Ecology, Economy, and Culture (not offered in 2014-2015)

SOAN 262 Anthropology of Health and Illness

SOAN 302 Anthropology and Indigenous Rights

SPAN 220 Magical Realism in Latin American Narrative (not offered in 2014-2015)

WGST 110 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

WGST 240 Gender, Globalization and War

Ethnic Diversity and Diaspora:

AMST 115 Introduction to American Studies: The Immigrant Experience

EDUC 353 Schooling and Opportunity in American Society

ENGL 119 Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature

ENGL 235 Asian American Literature (not offered in 2014-2015)

ENGL 258 Contemporary American Playwrights of Color

FREN 242 Journeys of Self-Discovery

FREN 243 Topics in Cultural Studies: Cultural Reading of Food

HIST 267 Muslims and Modernity

HIST 276 The African Diaspora in Latin America (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 322 Civil Rights and Black Power (not offered in 2014-2015)

HIST 360 Muslims and Modernity

POSC 355 Identity, Culture and Rights* (not offered in 2014-2015)

PSYC 358 Cross-Cultural Psychology Seminar in Prague: Psychopathology

PSYC 384 Psychology of Prejudice

RELG 130 Native American Religions

RELG 243 Native American Religious Freedom

RELG 271 Religious and Moral Issues of the Holocaust (not offered in 2014-2015)

SOAN 259 Comparative Issues in Native North America (not offered in 2014-2015)

SOAN 302 Anthropology and Indigenous Rights

SPAN 344 Women Writers in Latin America: Body and Text