Political Science - PS

PS F100X Political Economy (s)

3 Credits


Evolution and operation of the American domestic political economy with consideration of market failures and government responses. Review of major issues in political economy such as inflation, poverty and budget deficits. Exploration of linkages between American and global systems. Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ECON F100X. (3+0)

PS F101 Introduction to American Government and Politics (s)

3 Credits


Principles, institutions and practices of American national government; the Constitution, federalism, interest groups, parties, public opinion and elections. (3+0)

PS F201 Comparative Politics (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Introduction to the systematic study of government and politics in countries other than the U.S. Students will explore such questions as why some countries are democracies and other countries dictatorships; why some remain stable and peaceful, while others seem in constant turmoil. This is a prerequisite for other courses in comparative politics. (3+0)

PS F202 Democracy and Global Society (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Examination of the various definitions and types of democracy and the global contexts within which they develop. Cases used draw from a wide range of states, societies and world-historical contexts, and allow comparisons among developed and developing countries. (3+0)

PS F203 Peace, War and Security (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Introduction to the major challenges of maintaining a peaceful and secure world. What are the major threats to our security and how are they met? The course analyzes political, cultural, moral and legal norms surrounding war and terrorism and different means of organizing for peace and security. (3+0)

PS F212 Introduction to Public Administration (s)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Theories and practice of public administration, especially as applied to federal agencies. Study of organization, planning and decision making in implementing public policy. (3+0)

PS F222 Political Science Research Methods (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Familiarizes students with the research methods that have been used to produce political knowledge about significant political phenomena. Includes both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Prerequisites: PS F101; must be completed before a student advances to senior standing in the discipline. (3+0)

PS F263 Alaska Native Politics (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Political development, organization, interests and activities of Alaska Natives; treatment of ethnic leadership issues, history of federal Indian policy, evolution of Native leadership, village and regional government, land claims, and community politics from the Alaska Native brotherhood to ANCSA to the Alaska Native Coalition. Compares Alaska Native political developments to those of other circumpolar Northern Native communities. (3+0)

PS F300X Ethics and Society (h)

3 Credits


What is the right thing to do? A presentation of important theories of values, morality and ethics. Application of theories to dilemmas of choice in the public world, such as euthanasia, abortion, animal rights, sexual morality and environmental ethics. Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; junior standing; or permission of instructor. Recommended: Two courses in the Perspectives on the Human Condition baccalaureate core. (3+0)

PS F301 American Presidency (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

The institution of the presidency in the American political system. Prerequisites: PS F101 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PS F302 Congress and Public Policy (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

The American Congress in the political system. Prerequisites: PS F101 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PS F303 Politics and the Judicial Process (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

The role of federal courts as political institutions. The politics of judicial selection, the nature of judicial decision-making and intracourt politics, litigations as a policy making device, changes in the nature and scope of judicial power, governmental attorneys, the legal bureaucracy, and judicial agenda setting. Prerequisites: PS F101 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PS F314 W Political Ideologies (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

An examination of the purpose of ideology as an orienting set of political ideas with mass appeal. Analysis of 20th century ideologies, including anarchism, communism, liberalism, socialism, environmentalism and feminism. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PS F101; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PS F315 American Political Thought (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Political ideas in the U.S. from colonial times to the present: Puritanism, revolutionary ideas, Constitutionalism, nature of the Union, Progressive movement and pragmatism. Prerequisites: PS F101 or permission of instructor. Recommended: HIST F131 and HIST F132 strongly recommended. (3+0)

PS F321 International Politics (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Introduction to the problems, literature and terminology of international relations. Provides a basis for understanding current international affairs. Examines relations between nations, regions and groups, as well as ideas of conflict, security, trade, technology, negotiation, cooperation, revolution, modernization and community. (3+0)

PS F322 O International Law and Organization (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Case studies in international law (rights and duties of states, jurisdiction and sovereignty, treaties, use of force and adjudication processes); development of regional organizations and integration; the United Nations. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; PS F321; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PS F323 International Political Economy (s)

3 Credits
Offered Alternate Spring Odd-numbered Years

Exploration of the manner in which political and economic forces interact to affect international flows of goods, money, investments and technology. International political economic relations are examined in several contexts. Prerequisites: PS F100X or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PS F325 Native Self-Government (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Indigenous political systems, customary law and justice in Alaska emphasizing the organization of Native governance, federal Indian Law and Alaska state chartered local government. Comparisons between Alaska Native political development and those of tribes in the contiguous 48 states and northern hemisphere tribal people. Prerequisites: One or more of the following: HIST F110, PS F263, TM F201 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ANS F325. (3+0)

PS F340 Women and Politics (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

In-depth examination of the relevance of gender in political thought and action. Topics will vary and may include: an historical perspective of political ideas on the nature and status of women; women's involvement in national and/or international political movements and organizations; feminist approaches to the social sciences; feminism as a political ideology. Prerequisites: One political science course or permission of instructor. Recommended: WGS F201. Cross-listed with WGS F340. (3+0)

PS F401 W Political Behavior (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Attitudes, opinions and beliefs of the American electorate and the impact of these factors on political behavior; role of political organizations (parties and interest groups) in modern American politics. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PS F403 W,O Public Policy (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

The processes of policy development, implementation,and change are analyzed 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 complete oral presentations related to their policy interests. Prerequisites: PS F101, upper division standing, or permission of instructor. Stacked with PS F603. (3+0)

PS F411 W,O Classical Political Theory (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Political ideas from ancient Greece, Rome and the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Theories of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, and Aquinas. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PHIL F102; PS F101; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PHIL F411. (3+0)

PS F412 W Modern Political Theory (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Political ideas from the Renaissance to the modern world. Theories of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Marx and Lenin. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PHIL F102; PS F101; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PHIL F412. (3+0)

PS F425 Federal Indian Law and Alaska Natives (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

The "special relationship" between the federal government and Native Americans based on land transactions and recognition of tribal sovereignty. Federal Indian law and policy evolving from this relationship. Legal rights and status of Alaska Natives. Prerequisites: any one or more of the following; PS F101; TM F112; TM F201; HIST F110 or permission of the instructor. Recommended: PS F263. Cross-listed with ANS F425. (3+0)

PS F435 W Constitutional Law I: Federalism (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Constitutional doctrines and historical evolution of federalism and the separation of powers in the United States. Emphasis on the court's role in arbitering intergovernmental and interbranch disputes, the constitutional status of the administrative bureaucracy, and the control of war power and foreign policy. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PS F101; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PS F436 W Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Origin and development of civil rights and civil liberties in the U.S. Emphasis on the social, political and philosophical justifications of rights as expressed in judicial decision and constitutional doctrine. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or F213X; PS F101; or permission of instructor. Recommended: PS F303. (3+0)

PS F437 United States Foreign Policy (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

U.S. foreign policy in the postwar and post cold war period, including development of policy (domestic and foreign influences), administration of political, economic and military policies, and evaluation of policy effectiveness. Analyzes the historical background of the U.S. role in the world today and leading personalities and events that are a part of it. Prerequisites: PS F321; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PS F447 U.S. Environmental Politics (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Examination of 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: Upper-division standing or permission of instructor. Recommended: PS F101. Stacked with NORS F647; PS F647. (3+0)

PS F450 Comparative Indigenous Rights and Policies (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Comparative approach to analyzing Indigenous rights and policies in different nation-state systems. Multiple countries and specific policy developments examined for factors promoting or limiting self-determination. Prerequisites: Upper division standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ANS F450. (3+0)

PS F452 International Relations of the North (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

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: Upper-division standing or permission of instructor. Stacked with NORS F652; PS F652. (3+0)

PS F454 International Law and the Environment (s)

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: Upper-division standing; permission of instructor. Recommended: Undergraduate course in international law, organization, or politics. Stacked with NORS F654; PS F654. (3+0)

PS F455 O Political Economy of the Global Environment (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Interaction 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: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; upper-division standing; permission of instructor. Stacked with NORS F655; PS F655. (3+0)

PS F456 O Science, Technology, and Politics (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

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: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; upper-division standing or permission of instructor. Recommended: PS F101. Stacked with NORS F656; PS F656. (3+0)

PS F458 Comparative Environmental Politics (s)

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, and climate warming. Explores how state-society relations, political institutions, national political capacity, political processes and organizations, and international commitments potentially shape the nature and dynamics of global environmental politics and vice versa. Course is also available online. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; or permission of instructor. Recommended: PS F201 or equivalent comparative politics course. Stacked with NORS F658; PS F658. (3+0)

PS F460 W Government and Politics of Canada (s)(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 (language, education, health care, environment, natural resources, foreign relations). Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PS F201; upper-division standing; or permission of instructor. Stacked with NORS F660; PS F660. (3+0)

PS F462 Alaska Government and Politics (s)(a)

3 Credits


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: Upper-division standing or permission of instructor. Stacked-with: NORS F662; PS F662. (3+0)

PS F464 W East Asian Governments and Politics (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Modern East Asia (including China, Taiwan, Japan, North and South Korea) politics and society, including governmental institutions, political processes and regional and global foreign relations. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PS F201; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PS F467 W Political Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Exploration of major issues and concepts in the development and governances of modern Latin America and the Caribbean region, including the legacies of colonialism, revolution, military rule, economic challenges and the quest for democratic stability. Includes a historical overview of the region and cases drawn from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PS F201 or HIST F102; or permission of instructor. Recommended: SPAN F221. Cross-listed with HIST F467. (3+0)

PS F468 W Government and Politics of Russia (s)(a)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-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: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PS F201; or permission of instructor. Stacked with NORS F668; PS F668. (3+0)

PS F472 Ethics in International Affairs (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Examination of questions including: What is in the interest of the nation-state according to the logic of statecraft? How does the national interest relate to the broader human interest? How does morality relate to the international legal order? Examination is through theory and case studies. Prerequisites: PHIL F322X or equivalent or PS F321; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PHIL F472. (3+0)

PS F475 Internship in Public Affairs (s)

3 Credits


Study of public agencies or organizations through actual experience. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and permission of instructor. (0+0+10)

PS F492P Senior Seminar in Political Science

1-6 Credits


Provides scope and depth to the study of political science. Exploration of new literature in the field and interdisciplinary perspectives. Requirements include a major research paper. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or F213X (or permission of instructor); junior standing. (1-6+0)

PS F499 W Senior Thesis

3 Credits


Thesis will draw from the literature in at least two sub-fields of political science (U.S. government/politics, political theory, public law, comparative politics, international relations) in its analysis. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PS F101; PS F222; senior standing; permission of instructor. (1.5+0+7.5)

PS F603 Public Policy

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 NORS F603. (3+0)

PS F647 U.S. Environmental Politics

3 Credits


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 NORS F647. (3+0)

PS F650 Comparative Indigenous Rights and Policies (a)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Comparative approach to analyzing Indigenous rights and policies in different nation-state systems. Multiple countries and specific policy developments examined for factors promoting or limiting self-determination. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. Stacked with PS F450; ANS F450. (3+0)

PS F654 International Law and the Environment

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

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 or permission of instructor. Recommended: Undergraduate course in international law, organization, or politics. Cross-listed with NORS F654. (3+0)

PS F655 Political Economy of the Global Environment

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

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 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with NORS F655. (3+0)

PS F656 Science, Technology, and Politics

3 Credits


Relationship of science, technology and politics. Connections among scientific knowledge, technology, technological innovations, politics and power. 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 NORS F656. (3+0)

PS F658 Comparative Environmental Politics

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 and climate warming. Explores how state-society relations, political institutions, national political capacity, political processes and organizations, and international commitments 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 NORS F658. (3+0)

PS 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 (language, education, health care, environment, natural resources, foreign relations). Prerequisites: PS F201; graduate standing; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with NORS F660. (3+0)

PS 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 NORS F662. (3+0)

PS F668 Government and Politics of Russia (a)

3 Credits


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 NORS F668. (3+0)

PS F669 Arctic Politics and Governance

3 Credits
Offered Fall

This course traces current developments in Arctic politics and governance from multiple perspectives; exploring, interests, processes, and behaviors of Arctic state- and non-state actors, individually and collectively. The course surveys the formal and informal institutions that govern resource development, pollution, shipping, state-indigenous relations, and security. Prerequisites: PS F450, PS F452 or PS F454 or equivalent; graduate standing; or permission of instructor. A background in comparative politics and/or international relations is also recommended. (3+0)

PS F692 Graduate Seminar

1-6 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Intensive study of selected topics in the discipline. (1-6+0)

PS F692P Graduate Seminar

1-6 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Intensive study of selected topics in the discipline. (1-6+0)