Potential Courses (subject to student and committee modification)
ANS 475 Alaska Native Social Change(s) (3 Credits) Tradition and change in Native social institutions in contemporary society. Methods of identifying and analyzing significant Native social change processes for public understanding. (Prerequisite: ANTH 242 or permission of instructor.)
ANTH 603 Political Anthropology (3 Credits) Political systems and the law. Case studies from nonindustrial societies, developing nations and parapolitical systems or encapsulated societies, such as Native peoples in the U.S. Political structures and institutions; social conflict, dispute settlement, social control and the law, political competition over critical resources; and ethnicity. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing.)
ANTH 607 Kinship and Social Organization (3 Credits) Forms and function of family and household organization, kinship and marriage in diverse human sociocultural systems. Case studies from tribal and complex societies including contemporary United States. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.)
ANTH 652 Research Design and Professional Development Seminar (3 Credits) How to develop problem-based research in anthropology and prepare research proposals, grant proposals and publications along with critical evaluations of similar material. Topics include preparation of oral presentations for professional meetings, lectures and seminars; curriculum vitae preparation; and project budgeting. (Prerequisites: Upper-division anthropology course or permission of instructor.)
ANTH 653 Current Perspectives in Cultural Resource Management (3 Credits) Cultural resource management. Includes historic preservation and environmental law. Reviews pertinent legislation pertaining to the protection of historic properties and presents a series of real world problems confronted by archaeologists. Cultural resource management will be treated historically within a context of the development of American archaeology. Emphasis on practical aspects of career development. (Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.)
ED 660 Educational Administration in Cultural Perspective (3 credits) Issues related to the social organization and socio-political context of schools, administrative and institutional change processes and the changing role of administrators in education, using a cross-cultural framework for analysis.
PSY/NORS 614 Human Adaptation to the Circumpolar North (3 Credits) Patterns of individual and family adaptation to the stresses and opportunities of northern regions. Focuses on successful and unsuccessful responses to northern conditions--the arctic climate, the northern economy, cultural diversity, and the professional opportunities and stress factors of sparsely populated frontier settings. Students will complete an original research paper. (Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.)
RD 600 Circumpolar Indigenous Leadership Symposium (3 Credits) Symposium serves three goals: to build an integrated and lifelong learning community among new and continuing students in the Rural Development program, to explore the qualities of indigenous leadership in dynamic cross-cultural settings, and to incorporate the insights and wisdom of experienced rural development practitioners. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor)
RD 625 Community Development Strategies: Principles and Practices (3 Credits) Strategies, principles and practice of community development in rural Alaska and throughout the circumpolar North. Topics explore how rural communities in diverse cultural, political and economic settings build on local assets, skills and capacities to improve the lives of indigenous and other Northern residents. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.)
RD 651 Management Strategies for Rural Development (3 Credits) Managing change and development among indigenous communities. Emphasis on rural development in the circumpolar North. Includes recent management strategies implemented in Alaska such as co-management of renewable resources, land management of Alaska Native corporations, cultural resource management, and the management of Alaska Native tribal governments, corporations and other organizations. Uses comparative case studies and effects of cultural and traditional values on management practices in different northern sociocultural environments. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.)
RD 652 Indigenous Organization Management (3 Credits) Purposes, structure and methods of management of indigenous organizations with an emphasis on the North. Historical overview of Alaska Native organizations, including those established to pursue Native rights, land claims and government services. Case studies of corporations established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will be examined, as well as regional tribal organizations. Management of Alaska Native organizations is compared with formal organizations established by indigenous peoples throughout the circumpolar North. Western and indigenous organizational cultures and perceptions will be reviewed. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.)
PS/NORS 662 Alaska Government and Politics (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.