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Comparative Practices courses are taken after the Earlham Seminars and may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary. One Comparative Practices course is required. They are reading- and writing-intensive courses that examine a diverse range of texts arranged around a particular question, theme or historical period. In this context, a term's texts may include films, musical scores or works of art. The purpose is to foreground texts for the study of a subject and to compare texts while approaching them from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and in several contexts. Comparative Practices courses:
Provide a writing- and reading- intensive experience that develops further the skills acquired in Interpretive Practices courses.
Study an array of challenging texts arranged around a particular question, theme or historical period.
Investigate primary and secondary texts in studying an issue or era.
Compare texts in several contexts — historical, social, political — and put them in dialog with one another.