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

Fall 2016

  • PHYS 210: Sustainable Energy Principles and Design
    The course will consider the world energy landscape with particular local and global foci. Includes a significant group academic civic engagement project that focuses on renewable energy design
  • PHYS 100: The Physics of Phitness
    An introduction to both physics and fitness that seeks to pair two seemingly disparate topics. Study work and energy with free weights, springs with resistance bands, fluids in the pool, power generation with stationary bikes, and more.
  • RELG 243: Native American Religious Freedom
    This course explores historical and legal contexts in which Native Americans have practiced their religions in the U.S. Projects integrate academic learning and student involvement in matters of particular concern to contemporary native communities.
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish
    This course aims to help students acquire greater skill and confidence in both oral and written expression. The language classes team up with the Northfield public schools to help both Northfield and Carleton students improve their language skills.
  • WGST 285: Gender Violence and Feminist Self-Defense
    This course will focus on the theories and praxis feminists have put forth to resist gender and sexual violence. Students will participate in self-defense programs and reflect on feminist theories of resistance in the context of personal experience.
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish
    This course aims to help students acquire greater skill and confidence in both oral and written expression. The language classes team up with the Northfield public schools to help both Northfield and Carleton students improve their language skills.
  • 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. Students will also learn basic consulting skills, including communication and ethics.
  • ENTS 215: Environmental Ethics
    This course is an introduction to the central ethical debates in environmental policy and practice, as well as some of the major traditions of environmental thought.
  • CS 399: Senior Seminar
    As part of their senior capstone experience, majors will work together in teams (typically four to seven students per team) on faculty-specified topics to design and implement the first stage of a project.
  • GEOL 210: Geomorphology
    Study of the geological processes and factors which influence the origin and development of the surficial features of the earth, with an emphasis on some or all of the processes in Minnesota. Laboratories and field trips included.
  • IDSC 235: Perspectives in Public Health
    This course will explore the many dimensions of public health within the United States and provide an introduction to community based work and research.
  • IDSC 298: 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.
  • CAMS 270: Nonfiction
    This course addresses nonfiction media as both art form and historical practice by exploring the expressive, rhetorical, and political possibilities of nonfiction production.

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Theoretical ACE

Fall 2016

  • POSC 120: Democracy and Dictatorship
    An introduction to the array of different democratic and authoritarian political institutions in both developing and developed countries.
  • IDSC 203: Talking about Diversity
    This course prepares students to facilitate conversations in the Critical Conversations Program. Students learn about categories and theories related to social identity, power, and inequality.
  • HIST 226: U.S. Consumer Culture
    This course explores the development of consumer culture through such topics as advertising and mass media, the body and sexuality, consumerist politics in the labor movement, and the response to the Americanization of consumption abroad.
  • ECON 270: Economics of the Public Sector
    This course provides a theoretical and empirical examination of the government's role in the U.S. economy.

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