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 2017

  • Philosophy of Children
    The bulk of this course is devoted to preparing for, and then making, visits to a first grade class at Greenvale Park Elementary School to teach philosophy to children via kids' books.
  • Intermediate German
    Continuation of the study of basic structural patterns of the German language, and the reading and discussion of longer texts, films, and other media from German-speaking cultures.
  • Pre-Student Teaching Practicum: Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
    This course prepares students for their student teaching placement by providing licensure candidates with an opportunity to work in schools and community organizations related to schools and to reflect on that experience in a classroom setting.
  • Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Students will also learn basic consulting skills, including communication and ethics.
  • 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.
  • The Ethics of Civic Engagement
    In this course, students will discuss the ethical questions that arise when they engage with others in research, service, organizing, or policy work.
  • Intermediate German
    Continuation of the study of basic structural patterns of the German language, and the reading and discussion of longer texts, films, and other media from German-speaking cultures.
  • 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.
  • Designing for Diversity: Anthropology and New Technologies
    Students in this course learn to apply anthropology to study user experience in order to propose ways to make technologies more inclusive and culturally sensitive.
  • Archaelogical Methods
    This course involves real archaeological fieldwork, and students will have an opportunity to contribute to the history of the local community while learning archaeological methods applicable all over the world.
  • Environment and Society
    This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to a number of the pressing environmental changes currently facing human societies around the world.
  • FOCUS Colloquium
    This colloquium is designed to give students participating in the Focusing on Cultivating Scientists program an opportunity to learn and use skills in scientific study, reasoning, and modeling.
  • History Beyond the Walls
    This course will examine the world of history outside the walls of academia. Looking at secondary-school education, museums, and public policy, we will explore the ways in which both general and specialized publics learn and think about history.
  • FOCUS Sophomore Colloquium
    This colloquium is designed for sophomore students participating in the Focusing on Cultivating Scientists program. It will provide an opportunity to participate in STEM-based projects on campus and in the community.
  • 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.

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Theoretical ACE

Spring 2017

  • Exile in Literature and History
    This course examines four different moments in the history of Spanish exile: the mass expulsion of Jews in 1492, that of Moors converted to Christianity in 1609, the Liberal exile in 1823, and the Republican exile in 1939.

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