Not an official department or program, this heading is a dwelling place for interdisciplinary courses that do not fit comfortably into a single discipline.
Recent course offerings have included topics in comparative literature, literary theory, postmodern culture, and cross-cultural studies.
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LCST 101: India Program: Elementary Hindi Language
This course will introduce students to basic spoken and written Hindi, covering introductory grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Students will acquire familiarity with common expressions and phrases. A basic familiarity with Hindi will facilitate students’ interactions with host families and locals, help them in getting around, and with accomplishing common, everyday tasks.Prerequisites: Enrollment in Buddhist Studies India program 3 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2019 · Brendan LaRocque
LCST 101: Buddhist Studies in India Program: Elementary Tibetan
This course seeks to develop students’ level of proficiency in spoken Tibetan for basic communication, as well as the ability to read and write simple sentence constructions. Learning is grounded in written Tibetan, covering the alphabet, pronunciation, grammar, and basic vocabulary. Reading and comprehension skills are enhanced through direct translation of essential texts such as the Heart Sutra and a prayer of Manjushri. Students gain facility with spoken Tibetan through classroom drills and informal practice with Tibetans in Bodh Gaya. Students will also improve their understanding of Tibetan culture and society through this course.Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Buddhist Studies India program 7 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018 · Arthur McKeown
LCST 101: Buddhist Studies India Program: Elementary Hindi
An introduction to basic colloquial Hindi speaking and writing skills for everyday interactions in Northern India. Essential grammar is introduced and reviewed in morning meetings, and conversational and reading abilities are developed in afternoon practice. Students are encouraged to practice speaking and listening comprehension by conversing with Hindi speakers outside of class.Prerequisites: Acceptance in Buddhist Studies India Program 7 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018 · Arthur McKeown
LCST 101: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Prague: Elementary Czech
This highly recommended language course will meet twice per week and emphasize basic listening and speaking skills. Students will be challenged to utilize their new language skills in everyday situations.Prerequisites: Enrollment in Cross-Cultural Psychology in Prague Program 4 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018 · Ken Abrams
LCST 101: Rome Program: Elementary Italian
This highly-recommended language course will emphasize basic listening and speaking skills. Students will be challenged to utilize their new language skills in everyday situations.Prerequisites: Enrollment in Rome OCS program 3 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2019 · William North
LCST 103: Buddhist Studies India Program: Intermediate Hindi
This course builds on the student’s previous training in spoken and written Hindi language. Students will gain the ability to initiate and sustain conversations with Hindi speakers, read and write in Hindi about personal and social situations, as well as extract the main idea and information from descriptive and narrative texts. Students will apply their language learning and deepen their understanding of Indian culture through interaction with local residents and participation in seasonal festivals and other activities.Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Carleton-Antioch Program required 8 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2018 · Arthur McKeown
LCST 121: Romania: Culture and Society
Of course you have heard of Romania: the country of Dracula, of Nadia Comaneci, and of Nicolae Ceausescu. What an assortment: vampires, gymnastics, and totalitarian politics! Come and learn about Romania! Come to find out what hides beyond the shallow screen of these stereotypes. We will learn about Romanian history and geography, about its cuisine and traditions, about its people and their language. We will discover a country of contrasts, but also of bridges between East and West, a Latin island that cannot but have an ongoing commerce with its Slavic, Turkic, and Finno-Ugric neighbors!2 credits; Social Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2018–2019
LCST 245: The Critical Toolbox: Who’s Afraid of Theory?
This class introduces students to the various theoretical frameworks and the many approaches scholars can use when analyzing a text (whether this text is a film, an image, a literary piece or a performance). What do words like ‘structuralism,’ ‘ecocriticism,’ ‘cultural studies,’ and ‘postcolonial studies’ refer to? Most importantly, how do they help us understand the world around us? This class will be organized around interdisciplinary theoretical readings and exercises in cultural analysis.Prerequisites: At least one 200- or 300-level course in Literary/Artistic Analysis (in any language) or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2019 · Juliane Schicker