• IDSC 100: Civil Discourse in a Troubled Age

    Disappointed in the level of discourse from politicians, pundits, and everyday people concerning the critical issues facing our country and communities? Does it seem overly heated and lacking in basic civility? What would “civil” discourse actually look like? Is it a skill one can practice and master? This Argument and Inquiry seminar attempts to address these questions both theoretically and practically by allowing students the opportunity to read, view, and discuss material relevant to many of our nation’s most pressing problems and flash points, while also providing a theoretical framework for the practice of civil discourse around potentially divisive topics.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2019 · Chico Zimmerman
  • IDSC 100: Games and Gaming Cultures

    In this seminar, we will use games (both by studying them and by playing them) as a lens through which we can explore all manner of fascinating questions. How do the games we play shape our culture and our communities?  What makes a game fun, engaging, addictive, boring, brutal, or banal? How can games encourage certain kinds of behavior, even after we’ve stopped playing them?  Could we make Carleton itself a bit better–or at least more fun–if we gamified certain aspects of life here? To aid our exploration, we’ll draw on readings from multiple genres and employ a variety of research methods to analyze games from social, textual, and design perspectives. This course will also include weekly lab sessions on Wednesday evenings (6:15-8:30PM).  Students will be required to attend at least eight out of ten lab sessions.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2019 · George Cusack
  • 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 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2020 · Thabiti Willis
  • 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 2019 · 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 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2019–2020
  • 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 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2020 · Austin Mason
  • IDSC 141: CS Program: Computing with Context: Alan Turing, Gender, and Computing

    This course will address a cluster of topics related to a broad gender-based context for computing. The starting point is Alan Turing himself: a hero for his code-breaking work during the war, Turing was also a gay man chemically castrated by the British government who (likely) died by suicide after enduring that treatment. The course will spiral outward from Turing to include a broader set of topics related to gender and sexuality in computing, ranging from Turing’s era to the present. Specific topics will vary based on the interests of available experts in aspects of gender and computing.

    Prerequisites: Computer Science 201 and 202. (Mathematics 236 will be accepted in lieu of Computer Science 202) 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2019–2020 · David Liben-Nowell
  • 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: Section 01 open only to participants in IDSC 198 fall term. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 · Will Hollingsworth
  • 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 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 · William 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 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2019 · Sharon Akimoto
  • 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. Public health is by nature interdisciplinary and the course will address local public health issues through the lenses of social, biological, and physical determinants of health. In addition to readings and discussions, the course will incorporate the expertise of visiting public health practitioners and include site visits to local public health agencies. Students will work collaboratively with a community partner on a public health-related civic engagement project selected during Fall term and continued during Winter Break. This is the first course of a two course winter break program. Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Studies 236 required winter term 3 credits; Intercultural Domestic Studies, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2019–2020
  • IDSC 236: Public Health in Practice

    This course is the second part of a two-term sequence beginning with Perspectives in Public Health. Over the winter break, students will spend two weeks exploring a variety of public health organizations both locally (Minneapolis/St. Paul) and nationally. During the winter term, students will complete their final public health-related civic engagement project in collaboration with a community partner, set their individual project back into the wider context of public health, and prepare to present their experience to a broader audience. Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Studies 235 6 credits; Intercultural Domestic Studies, Arts Practice; not offered 2019–2020
  • 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 credits; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry; offered Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 · Laurence 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 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 · Alfred Montero
  • 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 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 · 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 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020 · Deborah Gross
  • IDSC 303: Advanced Critical Facilitation Skills

    In this course students facilitate conversations about diversity and community at Carleton. Students guide their peers in readings about difference and social identity and lead experiential exercises that develop self-reflective practices within the framework of U.S. society. Students receive feedback from coaches about their mastery of course material as well as the improvement of their facilitation practices.

    Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Studies 203 2 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • IDSC 398: Team-Based Global Issues Research Seminar

    How can we understand a refugee crisis in Europe, the health and environmental effects of a sulfide-ore mine in Minnesota, or destruction of archeological sites in the Middle East? Complex topics like these require multiple specialists working across disciplines. IDSC 398 invites students with advanced (typically Comps-level) skills to develop a team-based project dealing with a regional, national, or international issue that has global significance. Projects are shaped in consultation with the seminar leaders, but are largely independent. Typically separate from departmental Comps. Normally done over three consecutive terms starting in the Fall. For more, see https://apps.carleton.edu/collab/gei/.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020