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

Spring 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.
  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community.
  • PHIL 227: Philosophy with Children
    This course is about helping children explore and develop their nascent philosophical abilities via children's literature. To that end, the bulk of this course is devoted to making visits to a first grade class at Greenvale Park Elementary School.
  • RELG 289: Global Religions in Minnesota
    This course bridges theoretical knowledge with engaged field research focused on how Midwestern contexts shape global religious communities and how these communities challenge and transform Minnesota.
  • SOAN 233: Anthropology of Food
    This course explores how anthropologists use food to understand different aspects of human behavior, from food procurement and consumption practices to the politics of nutrition and diets.
  • SOAN 202: Girls Gone Bad: Women, Crime and Criminal Justice
    In this course we examine female criminality. In doing so, we learn about the social basis of criminal activity, the assumptions present in criminological theory, and the ways in which criminal justice practices are gendered.
  • HIST 217: Engaging Youth in the Past
    The course centers on a civic engagement project mentoring sixth grade students at the Northfield Middle School as they research and produce projects for a local version of National History Day.
  • GERM 103: Intermediate German
    Completion of the study of basic structural patterns of the German language, and the reading and discussion of a longer literary work.
  • ARTS 330: Advanced Ceramics
    This course is a continuation of either or both beginning courses, focusing on sophisticated handbuilding and throwing techniques and advanced problem solving in ceramics.
  • ARBC 206: Arabic in Cultural Context
    In this course students will continue to develop their Arabic language skills, including expanding their command of Arabic grammar, improving their listening comprehension, reading and writing skills.
  • EDUC 338: Multicultural Education
    This course focuses on the respect for human diversity, especially as these relate to various racial, cultural and economic groups, and to women.
  • 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.
  • GEOL 120: Introduction to Environmental Geology
    An introduction to geology emphasizing environmental health and humankind's use and abuse of soil, water, fuels, and other resources.
  • ENTS 110: Environment and Society
    This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to a number of the pressing environmental changes currently facing human societies around the world.
  • AFAM 125: New African Migrations
    This course introduces students to African and African diaspora studies through an examination of new African migrations.