Course Descriptions 2010-2011 UAA Catalog

ANTH A250 - The Rise of Civilization
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement
A survey of the emergence of civilization in human cultural development. A foundation course covering biological emergence of modern humans, appearance of complex symbolic culture, domestication, urbanization, trade, ritual and ideology, and state formation. A comparative framework is used covering primary areas of civilization - Sumeria, Egypt, China, Indus River, Mesoamerica, South America--and secondary areas, including Southeast Asia, Japan, Africa, and North America.

ANTH A335 - Native North Americans
Registration Restrictions: ANTH A202 recommended.
Traditional cultures of Native North Americans, effects of contact with Europeans and contemporary adaptations.

ANTH A416 - Arctic Archaeology
Prerequisites: ANTH A211
Origins and development of the prehistoric cultures of northern North America and adjacent Northeast Asia.

ANTH A434 - Peoples and Cultures of Northeast Asia
Prerequisites: ANTH A101 or ANTH A202.
Examines cultural traditions of the indigenous peoples of Northeast Asia (Siberia, the Russian Far East, Mongolia,Manchuria, Korea, Japan), including their origins, prehistory, languages, biological affiliations, historical transformations, contemporary cultures, and current problems.

ANTH A435 - Northwest Coast Cultures
Prerequisites: ANTH A202
An intensive appraisal of peoples of the Northwest coast, emphasizing various interpretations of cultural history, cultural variation and cultural contact.

ANTH A437 - Eskimo Adaptations
Prerequisites: ANTH A200
Eskimo peoples of the circumpolar north devoted primarily to Alaskan groups including Inupiaq, Alutiiq, and Yup'ik (including Siberian Yup'ik). Includes environment, language, social organizations, subsistence patterns, contact with non-Native peoples, art and architecture, and contemporary issues.

ANTH A439 - Athapaskan Adaptations
Prerequisites: ANTH A200
An analysis of traditional and contemporary cultures and history of the northern Athapaskan speakers of the boreal forest of interior Alaska and northwestern Canada. Emphasizes environmental adaptations, commonalities and variations in cultural patterning, the impact of interactions with neighboring peoples including Europeans, and culture change over time.

ART A262 - History of Western Art II
Prerequisites: ENGL A111
Origins and development of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Covers the history of art from the Renaissance through the modern period with an emphasis on the art of the Western World.

ART A362 - History of Modern Art
Prerequisites: ART A262
Historical development of art from the mid-19th century to the 1930s. Various visual arts are placed within the social and cultural contexts of this period.

ART A363 - History of Contemporary Art
Prerequisites: ART A262
Analysis of the work and thought of major artists in painting, sculpture, architecture, performance and installation art from post-World War II to the present. Examines the relationship of visual art to social and cultural trends during this period.

ART A366 - Asian Art
Prerequisites: ART A261 or ART A262
Visual arts of Asiatic culture; prehistoric to the present.

ART A492 - Art History Seminar
Prerequisites: ART A261 or ART A262 or ART A360
Seminar in art history.

ECON A360 - Modern Economic History
Prerequisites: HIST A102 and ECON A201
Examines the role of geography, institutions, technology, and trade in the evolution of the modern economy. Emphasizes the long-run economic performance of Europe and the US. Also covers historic differences between the West and other parts of the world.

EDFN A304 - Comparative Education
Registration Restrictions: Completion of all GER Tier 1 (basic college-level skills) courses and Junior standing.
Compares P-12 educational systems and issues across nations and regions, focusing on case examples representing diverse cultural, historical, and political contexts. Examines theories in comparative education; purposes of schooling; socio-cultural contexts of education; policy, curricular, and pedagogical responses to diversity issues; and organizational and structural issues.

ENGL A202 - Masterpieces of World Literature II
Prerequisites: ENGL A111
Introductory course for majors and non-majors. Emphasizes understanding literature, forming critical vocabulary, and developing critical judgment. Selected masterpieces from the Renaissance to the present.

ENGL A305 - National Literatures in English
Prerequisites: ENGL A211 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A212 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A213 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A214 with minimum grade of C.
Study of selected national literatures composed in English, excluding the literature of England and the United States. Each offering examines the literature of a particular "nation" -a group of people or peoples united by multiple factors such as common descent, language, culture, government, history, geographical location- in which publication is largely in the English language. Examples include literature of Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, of the Caribbean. The selected focus of each course offering is identified in the subtitle.

ENGL A343 - Modern and Contemporary Literature
Prerequisites: ENGL A201 and ENGL A202
Study of representative literary works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Includes selections from U.S. and international literatures.

ENGL A371 - Narrative Nonfiction
Prerequisites: [ENGL A121 or ENGL A201 of ENGL A202] and [ENGL A111 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A212 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A213 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A214 with minimum grade of C].
A study of the exemplars of narrative nonfiction such as collected correspondence, essay, memoir, biography, autobiography, journal, new journalism, travel narrative, science and nature writing, jeremiad, weblog. These may be drawn from a variety of historical contexts.

ENGL A440 - Topics in Comparative Literature
Prerequisites: ENGL A201 and ENGL A202
Comparative analysis of selected texts from modern and contemporary international literatures. Includes readings in poetics and literary history.

FREN A310 - Selected Topics in Advanced French
Prerequisites: FREN A202
An advanced course for students interested in conversation, writing skills, cultural information about the French-speaking world. There will be a different topic each time the course is offered. Conducted in French.

FREN A432 - Studies of Literature and Culture
Registration Restrictions: Reading ability in French equivalent to three years of college study.
Intensive study of authors, literary movements, periods, and/or genres. Students will also analyze cultural material other than texts. The course is conducted in French and may be repeated for credit when topics vary.

GEOG A344 - The Slavic World
Prerequisites: GEOG A101 or INTL A101
Origin, diffusion, and developmental histories of the Slavic peoples. Focus on the geography of Central East Europe, the realm inhabited by the Eastern (Russians,  Belarusians, and Ukrainians), Western (Poles, Czechs, and Slovaks), and Southern Slavs (Bulgarians and peoples of the former Yugoslavia). Integration of region into the European Union and continued economic and political transition. Involvement of non-Slavic groups in the region also given consideration.

GEOG A345 - Across This Land: The Historical Geography of North America
Prerequisites: HIST A131
Explores the European settlement of North America (U.S. and Canada), the impact of geography on this settlement, and the impress of culture and political process on the land. A significant part of the course compares and contrasts the American and Canadian geographic experience and the creation of distinct regional cultures.

GEOG A390A - Topics in Global Geography
Prerequisites: GEOG A101 or INTL A101
Seminar focusing on a thematic approach to human geography in a global context. Draws on the interdisciplinary nature of geography to provide students with a broad understanding of critical global issues.

GEOG A443 - Northwest Passage: The Changing Canadian North
Prerequisites: GEOG A101 or INTL A101 or INTL A315
Geography of and current issues in the Canadian North. Historical and political development of the Canadian North as a region. Current issues to include the sovereignty of the Northwest Passage, environmental impacts of mineral and other economic development, challenges to subsistence activities, cultural change and social challenges, and climate change and its overarching impact on the region.

GEOG A447 - The Silk Road: Ideological, Cultural, and Economic Travels through Central Eurasia
Prerequisites: GEOG A101 of INTL A101
Study of Central Asian cultures and histories in the context of the Silk Road. The extended region as a melange of cultural identities and histories, political economies, and ideological struggles. The interaction of the newly formed republics with China, Turkey, and Iran is also a significant concern of the course.

GER A310 - Selected Topics in Advanced German
Prerequisites: GER A202
An advanced course for students interested in conversation practice, writing skills, and cultural information about the German-speaking world. There will be a different topic each time the course is offered, e.g., Austria, Germany today, Switzerland, contemporary women, conversation and composition, current events, film, and the media. Conducted in German.

GER A490 - Selected Topics in German Literature
Registration Restrictions: Three years of college German or equivalent.
An advanced course for students interested in German literature with sufficient language proficiency to read and discuss assigned readings in German. Focus may be on periods, genres, individual authors, groups of authors, movements, works from different periods dealing with the same topics, or individual works. Conducted in German.

HIST A314 - Nineteenth Century Europe
Prerequisites: HIST A102
Examines the key political, social, economic, and cultural developments in 19th century Europe. Special emphasis will be placed on the French and Napoleonic revolution; restoration and reaction; industrialization and urbanization; romanticism, liberalism and socialism; nationalism and national unification; imperialism; fin de siècle culture, and daily life.

HIST A316 - Twentieth Century Europe
Prerequisites: HIST A102
Examines the key political, social, economic, intellectual and cultural developments in 20th century Europe. Special emphasis will be placed on the broad historical forces at work during the 20th century-such as war, revolution, fascism, communism, democracy, modernization, decolonization and globalism - and how both elites and ordinary people responded to a changing world. 

HIST A320 - The Rise, Fall, and Reinvention of the Samurai
Prerequisites: HIST A121 and HIST A122 and HIST A231
An analysis of the historical origins, rise to prominence, dominance, and the fall of the warrior caste of Japan. Principal focus on the constant reinvention of the samurai and the "spirit of the samurai" was used in Japan's modernization.

HIST A321 - Modern China
Prerequisites: HIST A121 or HIST A122
Chinese history from the middle of the Qing (Manchu) Dynasty, about 1800, through the 1990s. Designed to provide a broad understanding of the historical, cultural, and social development of China as it made the transition to a modern state.

HIST A322 - Modern Japan
Prerequisites: HIST A121 or HIST A122
Japanese history from the last decades of the Tokugawa Shogunate, about 1800, through the 1990s. Designed to provide a broad understanding of the historical, cultural, and social development of Japan as it made the transition to a modern state.

HIST A323 - Communist China
Prerequisites: HIST A122 and HIST A321
Analysis of the historical origins, rise, struggles, and eventual triumph of the Chinese Communist Party in taking control of China in 1949. Examines the wrenching upheavals of the People's Republic under Mao Zedong and its transformation under Deng Xiaoping from 1949 through the 1990s. The principal focus will be on the constant reinvention of Chinese communism to face perceived challenges in China's modernization, sometimes with spectacular results and at other times with disastrous consequences.

HIST A325 - Northeast Asia in 21st Century
Registration Restrictions: Junior standing. Completion of GER Tier 1 (basic college level skills) courses. Six credits of Tier 2 GEOG, HIST, or PS courses.
An interdisciplinary examination and analysis of Northeast Asia covering China, the Koreas, Japan, designed to provide students with the means to understand how the societies of this region have developed separate and distinct identities despite their common cultural and philosophic roots.

HIST A330 - Russia in East Asia
Prerequisites: HIST A102 or HIST A121
History of the relationships between Russia and its neighbors in East Asia and the Pacific. Among the major themes to be explored are the impact of the Mongol conquest, contact and colonization in the "borderlands," historical debates on the importance of East Asia and the Pacific to Russia, and the articulation and pursuit of Russian geo-political interests in the region.

HIST A345 - Across This Land: The Historical Geography of North America
Prerequisites: HIST A131
Explores the European settlement of North America (U.S. and Canada), the impact of geography on this settlement, and the impress of culture and political process on the land. A significant part of the course compares and contrasts the American and Canadian geographic experience and the creation of distinct regional cultures.

HIST A360 - Modern Economic History
Prerequisites: HIST A102 and ECON A201
Examines the role of geography, institutions, technology, and trade in the evolution of the modern economy, Emphasizes the long-run economic performance of Europe and the US. Also covers historic differences between the West and other parts of the world.

HIST A390A - Themes in World History
Prerequisites: GEOG A101 and HIST A101 or HIST A102 or HIST A121 or HIST A122 or HIST A131 or HIST A132.
Provides students with opportunities to analyze patterns of meaning in the accumulated record of the human experience from prehistory to the present, contemplated on the most inclusive scale, that of the entire world. The course is comparative and interdisciplinary.

HIST A411 - History of Modern Germany
Prerequisites: HIST A102
Examines the key political, social, economic and cultural developments in German history from 1850 to present. Focuses on 19th century unification, Imperial Germany, the Weimar Republic, Nazism and World War II, division and the Cold War, the two postwar Germanies, and contemporary re-unified Germany.

HIST A423 - Medieval Russian History
Prerequisites: HIST A101
Explores the socio-economic, political, and cultural foundations of Medieval Russia beginning with ancient Slavic settlements and foreign invasions and concluding with the creation of the Romanov dynasty in the 17th century. Major topics include the impact of foreign invasions (e.g. Mongols), the influence of the Byzantine Empire, the rise of Muscovy, and the internal dynamics of Muscovite society.

HIST A424 - Imperial Russian History
Prerequisites: HIST A101 and HIST A102
Explores the socio-economic, political, and cultural foundations of Imperial Russia from the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century. Themes include the nature of autocracy, the "golden age" of the aristocracy, the role of serfdom, the rise of revolutionary ideology and action, the impact of war, and the relationship between state and society.

HIST A425 - History of the Soviet Union
Explores the creation, maintenance, and collapse of the Soviet Union, beginning with the nineteenth-century antecedents of of the Russian Revolutions of 1917. Examines major events, personalities, and ideas that played a leading role in construction Soviet society from 1917 to 1991. Themes include the triumph of Bolschevism, the creation of "Soviet society," Stalinism and its legacies, and the dismantling of the Soviet regime. 

HIST A427 - Post-Soviet Culture and Society
Registration Restrictions: Completion of all Tier 1 GER (basic college-level skills) courses; and Junior standing. Prerequisite HIST A102 or any RUSS prefix course.
Interdisciplinary examination and analysis of contemporary Russian culture and society. Explores major themes in pose-Soviet society including shifting identities and changing social, cultural, political, and economic realities, and examines how these are expressed in a variety of contemporary sources. Conducted in English.

HIST A477 - Senior Seminar
Research methodology for senior history majors culminating in preparation of a major research paper, utilizing primary and secondary research material on specific topics based on the expertise of department faculty.

HIST A486 - Studies in Modern Europe
Prerequisites: HIST A102
A study of selected important topics in modern European history including World Wr I, European fascism and national Socialism, European Socialism, and others. Specific areas will be treated as student need and faculty expertise indicate. Subtitle varies.

INTL A101 - Local Places/Global Regions: An Introduction to Geography
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement
Introduction to cultural, political, and environmental diversity in an international context. Focus on key global issues, current events, and geographic approaches to understanding world problems.

INTL A315 - Canada: Nation and Identity
Prerequisites: GEOG A101 or INTL A101 and HIST A131
An interdisciplinary examination and analysis of Canada. Themes include the development of Canadian nationalism and national identity, problems of official bilingualism, Quebec separatism, multiculturalism, and Canadian First Nations. American political and cultural relations will be explored as issues framing the future of Canada and its international role in the 21st century.  

INTL A325 - Northeast Asia in 21st Century
Registration Restrictions: Junior standing. Completion of GER Tier 1 (basic college-level skills) courses. Six credits of Tier 2 GEOG, HIST, or PS courses.
An interdisciplinary examination and analysis of Northeast Asia covering China, the Koreas, and Japan, designed to provide students with the means to understand how the societies of this region have developed separate and distinct identities despite their common cultural and philosophic roots.

INTL A495 - International Studies Internship
Registration Restrictions: International Studies Major; junior standing.
Internship in which student gains intensive experience applying cross-cultural and international knowledge and skills to specific, assigned projects. Internships are available in a variety of Anchorage-based international governmental and private settings and require a formal agreement between the student, the faculty member, and the supervisor.

JPN A310 - Selected Topics in Advanced Japanese
Prerequisites: JPN A202
An advanced course for students interested in improving their communicative skills in spoken and written Japanese and in deepening their understanding of the Japanese people and culture. Each time the course is offered, different but closely related topics such as history and geography, politics and economy, education and technology, performing arts and films, traditions and modern trends, will be selected and emphasized.

JUST A365 - Comparative Justice Systems
Justice systems are examined on a global basis, in contrast with American justice systems, as a basis for a comparative approach to present-day national and international problems in crime and the administration of justice. Varying approaches - continental, Anglo-American and eastern- to policing, corrections, legal systems and social order are reviewed and evaluated.

PHIL A212 - History of Philosophy II
Course Attributes: UAA GER Humanities Requirement.
Survey of philosophy from the Scientific Revolution through German Idealism (Modern Period). Traces the development of scientific, metaphysical, epistemological and ethical though with emphasis on historical texts.

PHIL A313 - Eastern Philosophy and Religion
Prerequisites: ENGL A211 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A212 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A213 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A214 with minimum grade of C.
Study of Eastern philosophical and religious traditions, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. Includes studying basic concepts, tenets and practices of these traditions and related modern developments.

PHIL A314 - Western Religions
Prerequisites: ENGL A211 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A212 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A213 with minimum grade of C or ENGL A214 with minimum grade of C.
Study of Western monotheisms-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Covers basic tenets, practices and histories of the monotheisms. Examines the intersections of religion with contemporary concerns such as gender, ethnicity, and violence.

PHIL A400 - Ethics, Community, and Society
Prerequisites: PHIL A301
Registration Restrictions: Completion of GER Tier 1 (Basic college-level skills) courses and junior standing (at least 60 credit hours).
An integrated study of a selected topic on global ethical issues and the interest and responsibilities of individuals, communities and societies. Topics may vary from semester to semester.

PS A102 - Introduction to Political Science
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement
The exploration of basic principles and processes of major branches of the discipline of political science, including American government, comparative politics, international relations and political philosophy.

PS A301 - Comparative Political Economy
Prerequisites: PS A102
Explores how political power shapes economic outcomes and how economic forces influence political action. Includes an introduction to the prominent theories of international political economy (IPE), describes IPE institutions, and presents and analyzes global trade and development theories and other contemporary challenges to IPE.

PS A311 - Comparative Politics
Prerequisites: ENGL A111 and [PS A101 or PS A102]
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement
Introduction to the development of governmental structures and political processes in the modern world. Theories are related to problems and governing strategies in contemporary political systems.

PS A321 - International Relations
Prerequisites: PS A101 or PS A102
An introduction to international relations providing general knowledge and analytical tools necessary to understand, evaluate and respond to an increasingly complex array of international problems and international affairs. Includes theoretical approaches to international relations and how theory influences expectations.

PS A325 - Northeast Asia in 21st Century
Registration Restrictions: Junior standing. Completion of GER Tier 1 (basic college-level skills) courses. Six credits of Tier 2 GEOG, HIST, or PS courses.
An interdisciplinary examination and analysis of Northeast Asia covering China, the Koreas, and Japan, designed to provide students with the means to understand how the societies of this region have developed separate and distinct identities despite their common cultural and philosophic roots. 

PS A333 - History of Political Philosophy II: Modern
Course Attributes: UAA GER Humanities Requirement
Political philosophy from Machiavelli to Nietzche, with emphasis on liberalism and its critics.

PS A492 - Senior Seminar in Politics
Registration Restrictions: Completion of GER Tier 1 (basic college-level skills) courses. Senior standing and at least one upper-division course from another social science.
Course Attributes: UAA GER Integrative Capstone
Senior Integrative Capstone course required to fill Political Science majors. An examination of a single major problem in the study of politics.

RUSS A390 - Selected Topics in Advanced Russian
Prerequisites: RUSS A202
Registration Restrictions: RUSS A301 and RUSS A302 strongly recommended.
An advanced course for students interested in conversation, listening and writing practice, advanced topics in grammar, and cultural information about the Russian speaking world. Topics will vary. 

RUSS A427 - Post-Soviet Culture and Society
Prerequisites: HIST A102 or any RUSS prefix course
Registration Restrictions: Completion of all Tier 1 GER (basic college-level skills) courses; and Junior standing.
Interdisciplinary examination and analysis of contemporary Russian culture and society. Explores major themes in post-Soviet society including shifting identities and changing social, cultural, political, and economic realities, and examines how these are expressed in a variety of contemporary sources. Conducted in English.

RUSS A490A - Selected Topics in Russian Culture
Registration Restrictions: RUSS A302 or comparable proficiency level.
Special Note: Conducted in Russian. May be repeated for credit with a change of subtitle.
For advanced students interested in Russian culture with sufficient language proficiency to read, write, and converse in Russian.

RUSS A490B - Selected Topics: Russian Culture in Translation
Registration Restrictions: Junior Standing
Covers various aspects of Russian culture. Readings are in English translation, but students who read Russian may choose to read the texts in the original. 

SPAN A432 - Studies in Literature and Culture (Selected Topics)
Prerequisites: SPAN A302
Special Note: May be repeated twice for credit with a change of subtitle. Conducted in Spanish. Offered as Demand Warrants.
Intensive study of authors, literary movements, periods, and/or genres. Students will also analyze cultural material other than texts. Introduces students to Hispanic literature or various periods and genres in its historical and cultural context. 

SPAN A490 - Selected Topics in Hispanic Culture and Civilization
Prerequisites: SPAN A302
Surveys Spain's or Latin America's history and culture. Literature, painting, folklore, dance, film, and other artistic traditions are studied from a social, political, and economic perspective. Readings and lectures emphasize the multicultural patterns and the rich artistic traditions of the various peoples composing the Spanish and the Latin American worlds from ancient to modern times. Concentrates on either Spain and its culture and civilization, or Latin America and its cultures and civilizations, or in any one particular period thereof. 

THR A312 - Representative Plays II
Registration Restrictions: Junior or senior standing and the completion of GER Tier 1 Written Communication requirements.
A survey of dramatic literature form 1800 to the present. Emphasis is placed upon the playwrights' work and relationship to the production of these plays in their own time and in today's theatre. 

THR A412 - History of Theatre II
Registration Restrictions: Junior or senior standing and the completion of GER Tier 1 Written Communication requirements.
Continuation of THR A411. Theatre history from 1800 to modern. 

THR A490 - Selected Topics in Performance
Prerequisites: THR A121
Current topics in theatrical performance addressing special demands of the theatre season or special faculty expertise. 

THR A492 - Senior Seminar
Registration Restrictions: Completion of GER Tier 1 (basic college-level skills) courses and these Tier 2 Disciplinary Areas: Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Junior or Senior level.
Intensive examination of a topic in Theatre or Dance including the historical, cultural, social and political influences on each aspect of the performance area: writing, acting, movement and design with an emphasis on its relevance to a contemporary audience.