ACE Courses & Independent Study

"Engagement in this sense is not just a proxy for learning but a fundamental purpose of education."- Lee Shulman, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching  

Academic Civic Engagement at Carleton College is an approach to education focusing on community-based learning, community-based research, and service learning.

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Applied ACE

Winter 2016

  • MUSC 192: West African Drum Ensemble
    The ensemble will use indigenous instruments and an African approach to musical training in order to learn and perform rhythms and songs from West Africa.
  • RELG 130: Native American Religions
    This course explores the history and contemporary practice of Native American religious traditions, especially as they have developed amid colonization and resistance. The course focuses on the local traditions of the Ojibwe and Lakota communities.
  • SOAN 240: Methods of Social Research
    The course is concerned with social scientific inquiry and explanation, particularly with reference to sociology and anthropology.
  • SOAN 262: Anthropology of Health and Illness
    An ethnographic approach to beliefs and practices regarding health and illness in numerous societies worldwide.
  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Instructor Permission Required, waitlist only
  • IDSC 198: FOCUS Colloquium
    This two-credit freshman colloquium will provide students with the opportunity to build air quality sensors to learn about the science around air pollution and to develop community based measurements.
  • BIOL 101: Human Reproduction and Sexuality
    This course will review the basic biology of all aspects of reproduction--from genes to behavior--in an attempt to better understand one of the more basic and important processes in nature.
  • BIOL 310: Immunology
    This course will examine the role of the immune system in defense, allergic reactions, and autoimmunity.
  • CS 400: Integrative Exercise
    Beginning with the prototypes developed in the Senior Seminar, project teams will complete their project and present it to the department.
  • EDUC 375: Issues in Science Education: Policy and Praxis
    This colloquium focuses on the pedagogy of science teaching, both in the United States and abroad. This course will also include active involvement with local schools and educators to ground it in lived practice.
  • ARBC 205: Intermediate Arabic
    Students will develop their ability to express ideas in Modern Standard Arabic by writing essays and preparing oral presentations. Classes will incorporate readings and audio-visual material from contemporary Arabic media, as well as popular music.

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Theoretical ACE

Winter 2016

  • POSC 120 Democracy and Dictatorship
    An introduction to the array of different democratic and authoritarian political institutions in both developing and developed countries.
  • AMST 247 We've Never Not Been Here: Indigenous Peoples and Places
    This interdisciplinary course offers an introduction to important topics in the field of Native American Studies

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