University of Washington

Upcoming Courses 2013-14

The following courses are being offered by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and partnering units for the academic year. 

Winter 2015

ARCTIC 400 – Integrating Policy and Science in Arctic Studies
Vince Gallucci and Don Hellmann
3 credits | T/TH | 2:30-4:20pm | COM 230 | SNL 21138
*Core Requirement for the UW Minor in Arctic
This course covers evolving issues in Arctic and world politics as climate changes in the Arctic system with a focus on Canada’s current role as Chair of the Arctic Council. The course begins with a review of climate and ice change with an overview of likely consequences of increased access to underwater resources and to new transportation resources. The shared governance by the Arctic Council, the Law of the Sea, and the legal regimes of the five extended national jurisdictions in the Arctic Ocean are considered.

FISH 464 – Arctic Marine Vertebrate Ecology
Kristin Laidre
4 credits | T/TH Lecture | 11:30am-12:50pm | FSH 107 | SNL 14532
The objectives of this course are to convey an understanding of how Arctic marine ecosystems are structured and how they function, the challenges that various upper-trophic level marine organisms meet when living in the Arctic, how individuals adapt (looking at life-history parameters and reproductive strategies), and how populations are affected by physical changes in the Arctic environment.

OCEAN 570 – Marine Microbial Interactions
Jody Deming
3 credits | Information to be announced

BIS 300 – Interdisciplinary Inquiry: What is the Arctic?
Kristy Leissle
Bothell Campus | 5 credits | M/W | 8:45-10:45am | UW2 | SNL 11635
This is an interdisciplinary research methods class focused on Arctic content.

Spring 2015

OCEAN 235 – Arctic Change
M/W/F | 11:30am-12:20pm
Rebecca Woodgate
This is an interdisciplinary science-based look at what everyone should know about the Arctic in our world today.

ARCHY 377A – Arctic Archaeology
Ben Fitzhugh
5 credits | T/TH | 10:30am-12:50pm
Prerequisite: Archy 205 or permission of instructor
Archaeological history of the circumpolar arctic and subarctic from Pleistocene to the nineteenth century. Variability in human adaptation and social change in extreme cold environments such as Eurasian tundra, North Pacific rim, Beringia, and North American and Greenland high arctic.

ARCTIC 401 – Current Issues in the Arctic Region
Joel Heath, UW Canada Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies
T | 1:30-4:20pm | Information to be announced
Joel Heath, Executive Director, The Arctic Eider Society, served as project leader for Canada’s largest International Polar Year Training, Education and Outreach project establishing long term community-driven research programs in Hudson Bay. He is Director/Producer of the award winning feature film People of a Feather (

BIS 490 – Economics of Ice: Globalization and the Polar Regions
Kristy Leissle
Information to be announced
This is a senior research seminar about the Arctic and Antarctic. Please note that the 490 course will meet on five Saturdays in spring quarter, so it is an unusual class format.


Arctic & International Relations
Box 353650
Thomson Hall, Room 503
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
T (206) 221-6374
F (206) 685-0668
Vincent Gallucci, Chair
Nadine Fabbi, Associate Director
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