Northern Studies - NORS

NORS F201 The Circumpolar North: An Introductory Overview (a)

3 Credits
Offered Every Fall

This course will introduce students to the human experience in the circumpolar north by exploring such themes in the social sciences and humanities as: a) the differences and commonalities between indigenous and non-indigenous visions, assumptions and experiences; b) the emphasis on nature and wilderness in popular culture and nature's inherent value to human physical and spiritual well being; c) political issues such as alienation from core political- economic and population centers and tension between pro-development and pro-conservationist forces; and d) how northern literature reflects these and other aspects of human experience in the north. Course is taught online. (3+0)

NORS F205 Leadership, Citizenship and Choice (a)

3 Credits


History of democratic principles in America and how people can contribute to political and community life in the local, state and national arenas as leaders and citizens. Examines ethical dilemmas of leadership, and political and social issues facing Alaska and American societies. Course includes an experiential learning component. Cross-listed with PS F205. (3+0)

NORS F425 W Visual Images of the North (a)

3 Credits


Examination of the imagery of the people and landscapes of the polar regions, centering on such issues as depiction of arctic peoples and customs by Europeans, documentary versus artistic goals, translations from original sketches to published images, relationship of polar imagery to prevailing historical styles and the influence of changing world views on modes of polar representation between the 16th and 20th centuries. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ART F425. (3+0)

NORS F427 Polar Geography (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Comparative physical, cultural, political and economic geography of the Circumpolar North and Antarctic regions. Special attention to Arctic natural resource development, climate change in both polar regions. Prerequisites: GEOG F101 or GEOG F203 or GEOG F211X; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

NORS F470 Oral Sources: Issues in Documentation (h)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Alternate Fall

Preparation for recording and use of oral resources. Examines how meaning is conveyed through oral traditions and personal narratives and the issues involved with recording and reproducing narratives. Includes management of oral recordings, ethical and legal considerations, issues of interpretation and censorship, and the use of new technologies to access and deliver recordings. Prerequisites: At least one undergraduate ANTH course and one undergraduate HIST course, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ANTH F470. (3+0)

NORS F476 Russian Culture and Society in the 21st Century (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Study of contemporary Russian culture and society through selected literary texts and media representations; examination of the idea of the "Russian North" and its place in Russian culture; consideration of Russian politics and current events. Students will gain knowledge about present-day Russia and its peoples from a variety of perspectives, sources and media. Prerequisite: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; COMM F131X or COMM F141X; junior standing or permission of the instructor. Russian Studies majors must complete RUSS F202 and Northern Studies majors must complete 2 NORS courses. Cross-listed with RUSS F476. (3+0)

NORS F484 W,O Seminar in Northern Studies (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on topics relating to the North with emphasis on the physical sciences, the peoples, and the socioeconomic and political aspects of the area. Specialists in the various fields will assign readings and conduct discussions. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

NORS F600 Perspectives on the North (a)

3 Credits


Basic knowledge of the circumpolar North--the social, economic, political and scientific facets of northern life. Consideration of major cultural groups of the North and their histories, the environmental settings and patterns of settlement and development in northern regions and systems of governance in different northern countries. Broad overview of the major policy issues of the North in education, justice, health care, and environmental and wildlife protection. Course is also available online. Cross-listed with HIST F600. (3+0)

NORS F601 Research Methods and Sources in the North (a)

3 Credits


Development of students' research skills so they can engage in their own research on northern issues. Includes techniques of interviewing, conducting surveys, and sampling; qualitative and quantitative methods of research design; and familiarity with library sources and archival records. Each student will develop a research project. Course is also available online. (3+0)

NORS F603 Public Policy (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

The processes of policy development, implementation and change are analyzed along with major policy frameworks and models used in contemporary political science. These frameworks and models will be applied to environmental sustainability and other social policy issues. Students will develop expertise in a specific policy area and skills in research design preparing them to analyze public policy. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. Cross-listed with PS F603. (3+0)

NORS F610 Northern Indigenous People and Contemporary Issues (a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Comparative examination of issues affecting northern indigenous people from Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia. Issues include the impact of the alienation of land on which these people depend; the relationships between their small, rural microeconomies and the larger agroindustrial market economies of which they are a part; education, language loss and cultural transmission; alternative governmental policies toward indigenous peoples and contrasting world views. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or upper-division standing with permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ANTH F610. (3+0)

NORS F611 Environmental History (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Discussion of significant works of environmental history. Cultural history of the landscape in world civilization with emphasis on Western Europe and North America. Discussion of interdisciplinary approaches to the history of environment and cooperative work across disciplines. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Stacked with HIST F411. (3+0)

NORS F620 Images of the North (a)

3 Credits


Emphasis on the variety of images created about the people and environment of the circumpolar North. Examination and interpretation of conceptualizations of the North as expressed in such different media as film, art, literature, travel journals and oral traditions. Cross-listed with ENGL F620. (3+0)

NORS F624 Field Artists of the North (a)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Study of field artists and their work, from the explorer artists of yesteryear to today's field artists using a variety of traditional and contemporary media in their creations. Students will conceive and conduct their own study projects, producing a body of work that will demonstrate the principles and practice of a field artist. Prerequisites: ART F105; studio art course (ART F161, ART F162, ART F163, ART F205, ART F211, ART F213 or JRN F203.) Cross-listed with ART F624. (3+0)

NORS F625 Visual Images of the North (a)

3 Credits


Examination of the two-dimensional imagery of the people and landscapes of the polar regions, centering on such issues as depiction of arctic peoples and customs by Europeans, documentary vs. artistic goals, translations from original sketches to published images, relationship of polar imagery to prevailing historical styles, and the influence of changing world views on modes of polar representation between the 16th and 20th centuries. Cross-listed with ART F625. (3+0)

NORS F627 Polar Geography (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Comparative physical, cultural, political and economic geography of the Circumpolar North and Antarctic regions. Special attention given to Arctic natural resource and climate change in both polar regions, and polar geopolitics. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with GEOG F627. (3+0)

NORS F640 Ethics and Reporting in the Far North (a)

3 Credits


Historical overview of media coverage of the Northern frontier with focus on journalistic ethics. A comparison is made to the media climate in Third World countries. Cross-listed with JRN F640. (3+0)

NORS F647 U.S. Environmental Politics (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

U.S. political institutions as they relate to making policies for protecting the quality of the natural environment. The politics of nuclear waste, endangered species, air and water pollution, and wilderness preservation. Analysis of the National Environmental Policy Act, sustainable development, limits to growth and other topics. Course is also available online. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PS F647. (3+0)

NORS F648 Environmental Politics of the Circumpolar North (a)

3 Credits


Overview of how environmental politics and policy as a field of study relates to the Arctic region. Analysis of various threats to the northern environment, focusing on the policy making institutions at selected Arctic Rim nations, as well as strategies to deal with environmental problems in an international context. Course is also available online. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PS F648. (3+0)

NORS F652 International Relations of the North (a)

3 Credits


Examination of the international strategies of circumpolar states. Consideration of theoretical and practical elements of strategy formation in major issue areas such as national security, the political economy, human rights and scientific exchange. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PS F652. (3+0)

NORS F654 International Law and the Environment (a)

3 Credits


International environmental law. Includes international case law regulating the sea, airspace, outer space and the polar regions; comprehensive international regulatory and legal instruments to protect the environment (e.g. the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change); and the doctrines, principles, and rules of international law that are basic to an understanding of international legal regimes and the environment. Course is also available online. Prerequisites: Graduate standing; permission of instructor. Recommended: Undergraduate course in international law, organization or politics. Cross-listed with PS F654. (3+0)

NORS F655 Political Economy of the Global Environment (a)

3 Credits


Interactions between basic aspects of the global economy (international trade, investment and development) and the natural environment. Topics include the economic impact of global environmental agreements and the environmental impact of global markets, transnational corporations and development assistance by organizations such as the World Bank. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PS F655. (3+0)

NORS F656 Science, Technology, and Politics (a)

3 Credits


Relationship of science, technology and politics. Connections among scientific knowledge, technology, technological innovations, politics and power. Gender roles and the influence of western science. Both historical and comparative aspects are included. Course is also available online. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Recommended: PS F101. Cross-listed with PS F656. (3+0)

NORS F658 Comparative Environmental Politics (a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Enduring issues of the field of comparative politics and their relation to global environmental problems. Biodiversity, transboundary pollution capacity, political processes and organizations, and international commitments all potentially shape the nature and dynamics of global environmental politics and vice versa. Course is also available online. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Recommended: PS F201 or equivalent comparative politics course. Cross-listed with PS F658. (3+0)

NORS F660 Government and Politics of Canada (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

The Canadian political system, covering the Canadian constitution, federal structure, parliamentary government and public policy, as well as contemporary issues concerning Native rights and the Canadian North. Students will complete a major research paper on specific policy areas. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PS F660. (3+0)

NORS F661 History of Alaska (a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Alaska from prehistoric times to the present, including major themes such as Native Alaska, colonial and military Alaska, statehood, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and the Alaska National Interest Lands Act of 1980. Cross-listed with HIST F662. (3+0)

NORS F662 Alaska Government and Politics (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Alaska's government and politics, in the context of American state and local government, and politics and governments of circumpolar northern nations. Topics include political history, constitution, political parties, interest groups, elections, public opinion, governor, legislature, judiciary, administration and local governments. Compares Alaska to the contiguous 48 states and subnational governments of the circumpolar North; examines how government institutions and processes respond to social, environmental and political changes of northern communities. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PS F662. (3+0)

NORS F663 Imperial Russia, 1700-1917 (a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

This course covers Russian history from the reign of Peter the Great (1682-1725) until the collapse of the Tsarist regime in February 1917. Topics will include Russia's complex relationship with Western Europe, the challenges posed by modernization, the Russian Empire as a multi-national state, and the emergence of the revolutionary movement. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with HIST F663. (3+0)

NORS F664 Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Russia from the 1917 Revolution to the present. This course examines the attempts to build a socialist utopia in the former Russian empire and its impact on the peoples of that region and the modern world. We will consider the political, economic, social and cultural nature of the Soviet state. Major themes include cultural transformation, industrialization, Stalinism, the Soviet Union as a multi-national empire, the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet state, and the new Russia of Yeltsin and Putin. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Stacked with HIST F464. (3+0)

NORS F668 Government and Politics of Russia (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Current developments in Russia from a number of perspectives. The effect of history and geography on political change; the nature of Russian government and society; the legacies of Lenin, Stalin, Gorbachev, and the ideological nature of regimes and leadership. Economic forces and the political struggle in governance; revolution, democracy and reform; and the international role of Russia, particularly in relation to the former Soviet republics, Eastern Europe and other border areas. Prerequisites: PS F201; graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PS F668. (3+0)

NORS F670 Oral Sources; Issues in Documentation (a)

3 Credits
Offered Alternate Fall

Preparation for recording and use of oral resources. Examines how meaning is conveyed through oral traditions and personal narratives and the issues involved with recording and reproducing narratives. Includes management of oral recordings, ethical and legal considerations, issues of interpretation and censorship, and the use of new technologies to access and deliver recordings. Prerequisites: At least one undergraduate ANTH course and one undergraduate HIST course, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ANTH F670. (3+0)

NORS F672 Culture and History in the North Atlantic (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Ancient Norse culture and society. Includes readings of Old Norse poetry and Icelandic sagas in translation, with secondary analyses and archaeological background. Includes Greenlandic myths and contemporary ethnographic accounts of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ANTH F672. (3+0)

NORS F681 Polar Exploration and its Literature (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

A survey of polar exploration efforts of all Western nations from A.D. 870 to the present and a consideration of the historical sources of this effort. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Stacked with HIST F481 (3+0)

NORS F683 20th Century Circumpolar History (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

A comparative history of the circumpolar North, including Alaska, Siberia, Scandinavia, Greenland and Canada. Focus on social, economic, political and environmental issues of the 20th century, such as exploration, aboriginal land claims, subsistence, military strategy, transportation, oil development, Arctic haze and scientific research in the Arctic. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with HIST F683. (3+0)

NORS F690 Researching and Writing Northern History (a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Exploration of the craft and methodology of historical research in the North. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies. Prerequisites: Graduate standing; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with HIST F690. (1+3)