Courses

Fall 2017

  • IDSC 100: Games and Gaming Cultures

    Games are ubiquitous to all human cultures. They provide the framework for our communities (both real and virtual), they reflect and reinforce our values, and they enable us to behave in ways that our everyday lives don’t allow. In this course, we’ll examine the ways that games can distract us from the "real world," but also how they can help us to learn, to collaborate, and to express ourselves more effectively. We’ll draw on readings from multiple genres, and students will employ a variety of research methods to analyze games from social, textual, and design perspectives.

    6 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2017 · George Cusack
  • IDSC 100: Measured Thinking: Reasoning with Numbers about World Events, Health, Science and Social Issues

    This interdisciplinary course addresses one of the signal features of contemporary academic, professional, public, and personal life: a reliance on information and arguments involving numbers. We will examine how numbers are used and misused in verbal, statistical, and graphical form in discussions of world events, health, science, and social issues.

    6 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Fall 2017 · Neil S Lutsky
  • IDSC 110: Thinking with Numbers: Using Math and Data in Context

    This course will enhance students' quantitative skills and provide opportunities to apply those skills to authentic problems. Topics covered will vary depending on students in the class; possible topics include unit conversions, significant figures and estimation, exponents, logarithms, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. We will explore how these skills are relevant in contexts ranging from making personal finance decisions to understanding medical research reports.

    Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Studies 099, Undergraduate Bridge Experience 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Fall 2017 · Melissa Eblen-Zayas
  • IDSC 128: Civil Discourse on a Diverse Campus: An Experiential Living-Learning Community

    Why is it so hard to get along? This residential course will meet once a week for the students’ first three terms at Carleton to connect the classroom to the dorm room by creating a cohort dedicated in engaging in difficult conversations that can help reduce the impact of conflict within individuals and our community at large. We will work with a basic theoretical framework and readings to help identify universal local and global issues that will be explored in open-ended class discussions and through exchanges with guest speakers. Assignments will include a journal and on campus outreach assignments. 

    Prerequisites: Fall term by instructor approval, winter and spring term requires prior term registration in IDSC 128 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Yansi Y Pérez
  • IDSC 198: 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. The topics of this project-based colloquium will vary each term, and allow students to develop competencies in areas relevant to multiple science disciplines.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in IDSC 100 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Daniela L Kohen, Eric S Egge
  • IDSC 202: MMUF Research Seminar

    This seminar develops the skills needed to engage in and communicate advanced research. Each participant will work and present regularly on their ongoing research projects, and participate actively in an ongoing series of workshops and conferences. The seminar will also discuss in depth the nature of academia as institution and culture, and the role of diversity in the production of knowledge and teaching in American higher education. Open only to students with MMUF fellow status. Prerequisites: Participation in the Mellon Program/MMUF or MGSEF Program. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · William L North
  • IDSC 203: Talking about Diversity

    This course prepares students to facilitate peer-led conversations about diversity in the Critical Conversations Program. Students learn about categories and theories related to social identity, power, and inequality, and explore how race, gender, class, and sexual orientation affect individual experience and communal structures. Students engage in experiential exercises that invite them to reflect on their own social identities and their reactions to difference, diversity, and conflict. Students are required to keep a weekly journal and to participate in class leadership. Participants in this class may apply to facilitate sections of IDSC 103, a 2-credit student-led course in winter term.

    6 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Sharon A Akimoto
  • IDSC 251: Windows on the Good Life

    Human beings are always and everywhere challenged by the question: What should I do to spend my mortal time well? One way to approach this ultimate challenge is to explore some of the great cultural products of our civilization--works that are a delight to read for their wisdom and artfulness. This series of two-credit courses will explore a philosophical dialogue of Plato in the fall, a work from the Bible in the winter, and a pair of plays by Shakespeare in the spring. The course can be repeated for credit throughout the year and in subsequent years. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Laurence D Cooper, Alan Rubenstein
  • IDSC 280: Learning from Internships

    Carleton does not grant credit for internships, but valuable off-campus learning experiences can be integrated into the academic program. Although the specific nature of internship experiences will vary, internships are opportunities to apply and extend one's academic skills and interests into work in non-academic settings. This course will involve carefully monitored work experiences in which a student has intentional learning goals. Achieving these goals will be measured through reflective writing assignments, as well as written work in connection with assigned readings.

    Prerequisites: An internship and learning contract approved by the Career Center Director of Internships. The internship must be a minimum of 6 weeks and 180 hours and approved in advance by the instructor and the Career Center Internship Program Director 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Peter J Balaam
  • IDSC 289: Science Fellows Research Colloquium

    This colloquium develops the skills needed to engage in and communicate scientific and mathematical research. Topics will vary each term, but will include searching and reading the primary literature and communicating results orally and via posters. The colloquium will also explore the landscape of academic scientific research and how to negotiate the expectations of being a research group member. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Spring 2018 · Amy Csizmar Dalal
  • 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. The topics of this project-based colloquium will vary each term. Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Studies 198 as first year student 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Deborah S Gross

Winter 2018

  • IDSC 103: Student Conversations about Diversity and Community

    In this course students participate in peer-led conversations about diversity and community at Carleton. Students complete readings and engage in experiential exercises that invite them to reflect on their own social identities and their attitudes toward race, gender, class, and sexuality. By taking risks and engaging in honest conversations and self-reflection, students work together to understand differences and to explore how to build communities that are welcoming and open to diversity. Students keep a weekly journal and write two reflective essays that are graded by faculty members. Required application form: https://apps.carleton.edu/dialogue/.

    2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2018 · Thabiti Willis
  • IDSC 128: Civil Discourse on a Diverse Campus: An Experiential Living-Learning Community

    Why is it so hard to get along? This residential course will meet once a week for the students’ first three terms at Carleton to connect the classroom to the dorm room by creating a cohort dedicated in engaging in difficult conversations that can help reduce the impact of conflict within individuals and our community at large. We will work with a basic theoretical framework and readings to help identify universal local and global issues that will be explored in open-ended class discussions and through exchanges with guest speakers. Assignments will include a journal and on campus outreach assignments. 

    Prerequisites: Fall term by instructor approval, winter and spring term requires prior term registration in IDSC 128 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Yansi Y Pérez
  • IDSC 130: Hacking the Humanities

    The digital world is infiltrating the academy and profoundly disrupting the humanities, posing fundamental challenges to traditional models of university education, scholarly research, and academic publication. This course introduces the key concepts, debates and technologies that are shaping the Digital Humanities (DH) revolution, including text encoding, digital mapping (GIS), network analysis, data visualization, and the basic programming languages that power them all. Students in this class will learn to hack the humanities by making a collaborative, publishable DH project, while acquiring the skills and confidence necessary to actively participate in the digital world, both at the university and beyond. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2018 · Austin P Mason
  • IDSC 198: 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. The topics of this project-based colloquium will vary each term, and allow students to develop competencies in areas relevant to multiple science disciplines.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in IDSC 100 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Daniela L Kohen, Eric S Egge
  • IDSC 202: MMUF Research Seminar

    This seminar develops the skills needed to engage in and communicate advanced research. Each participant will work and present regularly on their ongoing research projects, and participate actively in an ongoing series of workshops and conferences. The seminar will also discuss in depth the nature of academia as institution and culture, and the role of diversity in the production of knowledge and teaching in American higher education. Open only to students with MMUF fellow status. Prerequisites: Participation in the Mellon Program/MMUF or MGSEF Program. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · William L North
  • IDSC 251: Windows on the Good Life

    Human beings are always and everywhere challenged by the question: What should I do to spend my mortal time well? One way to approach this ultimate challenge is to explore some of the great cultural products of our civilization--works that are a delight to read for their wisdom and artfulness. This series of two-credit courses will explore a philosophical dialogue of Plato in the fall, a work from the Bible in the winter, and a pair of plays by Shakespeare in the spring. The course can be repeated for credit throughout the year and in subsequent years. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Laurence D Cooper, Alan Rubenstein
  • IDSC 280: Learning from Internships

    Carleton does not grant credit for internships, but valuable off-campus learning experiences can be integrated into the academic program. Although the specific nature of internship experiences will vary, internships are opportunities to apply and extend one's academic skills and interests into work in non-academic settings. This course will involve carefully monitored work experiences in which a student has intentional learning goals. Achieving these goals will be measured through reflective writing assignments, as well as written work in connection with assigned readings.

    Prerequisites: An internship and learning contract approved by the Career Center Director of Internships. The internship must be a minimum of 6 weeks and 180 hours and approved in advance by the instructor and the Career Center Internship Program Director 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Peter J Balaam
  • 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. The topics of this project-based colloquium will vary each term. Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Studies 198 as first year student 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Deborah S Gross

Spring 2018

  • IDSC 128: Civil Discourse on a Diverse Campus: An Experiential Living-Learning Community

    Why is it so hard to get along? This residential course will meet once a week for the students’ first three terms at Carleton to connect the classroom to the dorm room by creating a cohort dedicated in engaging in difficult conversations that can help reduce the impact of conflict within individuals and our community at large. We will work with a basic theoretical framework and readings to help identify universal local and global issues that will be explored in open-ended class discussions and through exchanges with guest speakers. Assignments will include a journal and on campus outreach assignments. 

    Prerequisites: Fall term by instructor approval, winter and spring term requires prior term registration in IDSC 128 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Yansi Y Pérez
  • IDSC 198: 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. The topics of this project-based colloquium will vary each term, and allow students to develop competencies in areas relevant to multiple science disciplines.

    Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in IDSC 100 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Daniela L Kohen, Eric S Egge
  • IDSC 202: MMUF Research Seminar

    This seminar develops the skills needed to engage in and communicate advanced research. Each participant will work and present regularly on their ongoing research projects, and participate actively in an ongoing series of workshops and conferences. The seminar will also discuss in depth the nature of academia as institution and culture, and the role of diversity in the production of knowledge and teaching in American higher education. Open only to students with MMUF fellow status. Prerequisites: Participation in the Mellon Program/MMUF or MGSEF Program. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · William L North
  • IDSC 251: Windows on the Good Life

    Human beings are always and everywhere challenged by the question: What should I do to spend my mortal time well? One way to approach this ultimate challenge is to explore some of the great cultural products of our civilization--works that are a delight to read for their wisdom and artfulness. This series of two-credit courses will explore a philosophical dialogue of Plato in the fall, a work from the Bible in the winter, and a pair of plays by Shakespeare in the spring. The course can be repeated for credit throughout the year and in subsequent years. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Laurence D Cooper, Alan Rubenstein
  • IDSC 280: Learning from Internships

    Carleton does not grant credit for internships, but valuable off-campus learning experiences can be integrated into the academic program. Although the specific nature of internship experiences will vary, internships are opportunities to apply and extend one's academic skills and interests into work in non-academic settings. This course will involve carefully monitored work experiences in which a student has intentional learning goals. Achieving these goals will be measured through reflective writing assignments, as well as written work in connection with assigned readings.

    Prerequisites: An internship and learning contract approved by the Career Center Director of Internships. The internship must be a minimum of 6 weeks and 180 hours and approved in advance by the instructor and the Career Center Internship Program Director 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Peter J Balaam
  • IDSC 289: Science Fellows Research Colloquium

    This colloquium develops the skills needed to engage in and communicate scientific and mathematical research. Topics will vary each term, but will include searching and reading the primary literature and communicating results orally and via posters. The colloquium will also explore the landscape of academic scientific research and how to negotiate the expectations of being a research group member. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Spring 2018 · Amy Csizmar Dalal
  • 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. The topics of this project-based colloquium will vary each term. Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Studies 198 as first year student 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Deborah S Gross