ISER Faculty Teach Spring Courses

Professor Heather Hudson – PADM A671 – Information and Communications Policies and Strategies

Professor Scott Goldsmith – Econ A492 – Seminar in Economic Research

Professor Matt Berman – Econ 394B-001 – Energy Economics

Professor Gunnar Knapp – Econ 300 – The Economy of Alaska

Professor Steve Colt – Econ A210 – Environmental Economics and Policy

Assistant Professor Marie Lowe – ANTH 490 – Culture and Globalization

Assistant Professor Diwakar Vadapalli – PADM A604 – Research Methods in Administration

Visiting Professor Robert Loeffler – ENVI A490 / PADM A671 – Introduction to Public Land Management: How Public Resource Development Decisions Are Made


Information and Communications Policies and Strategies
Spring 2012 Elective: PADM A671
When: Wednesday 5:30 to 8:15 pm
Where: Diplomacy 501 (free parking)
Instructor: Professor Heather Hudson is Director of ISER, and specializes in communications policy, industry strategy, and applications of communications for e-commerce, telemedicine, distance education, and rural development.
Description: This course examines U.S. and Alaska communications policies, current issues including rural broadband and universal service, and the role of information and communications technologies in social and economic development.
• Analysis of current broadband activities and plans for Alaska
• Key industry players and issues
• Federal policies relevant for Alaska
• Role of broadband in developing regions
• Case studies on innovative applications and projects
• Guest speakers
• Technical background is NOT required
• May also be taken as MBA elective.
• May be taken as elective by Seniors in Business Administration and Journalism/Communication with permission of instructor

For more information: Contact Prof. Hudson: hehudson@uaa.alaska.edu Phone: 786-5408 Diplomacy Bldg 5th Floor.


Seminar in Economic Research
Spring 2012: Econ A492, CRN: 39821
When: Wednesday 8:30 am – 11:15 am (January 17, 2012 to May 5, 2012)
Where: RH 112
Instructor: Scott Goldsmith, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage


Energy Economics
Spring 2012: Econ 394B-001, CRN: 40351
When: MW 11:30-12:45, (January 17, 2012 to May 5, 2012)
Where: RH 111
Prerequisites: Econ. 201, Econ. 202 (recommended: Engl. 111)
Instructor: Matt Berman, Professor of Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage
Text: Carol A. Dahl, International Energy Markets: Understanding Pricing, Policies, and Profits, Tulsa: Pennwell, 2004.
Description: This course examines economic theory, empirical perspectives, and political economy of energy supply and demand. It discusses aspects of local, national, and global markets for oil, natural gas, coal, electricity, nuclear power, and renewable energy; and examines public policies affecting energy markets including taxation, price regulation and deregulation, energy efficiency, and control of emissions.

In this course we will develop and use tools of economic analysis to understand the main contemporary policy issues related to energy. The primary focus is on global and national energy markets and institutions, and on how local and Alaska energy issues are embedded in the context of a national and global political economy.

Some of the types of policy issues addressed include:
• Is the world running out of oil, or, put differently, is the physical scarcity of oil leading to a trend of permanently escalating prices, aside from temporary blips due to global economic recessions.
• Should the United States adopt a binding cap on greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels?
• Does electricity deregulation lead to blackouts and skyrocketing prices, as happened in California in 2001?
• Is investing in nuclear power an efficient strategy for producing clean energy in the long run?


The Economy of Alaska
Spring 2012: Econ 300
When / Where: Distance education course taught entirely over the internet – no scheduled class time.
Instructor: Gunnar Knapp, Professor of Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage
Description: This is a distance education course taught entirely over the internet. The course provides an overview of the Alaska economy. The course begins with an overview of Alaska’s geography and history as well as basic concepts for studying a regional economy. It then continues with a review of major industries including oil and gas, fisheries, mining, tourism, federal and state government, and Alaska’s support industries. It concludes with a discussion of Alaska fiscal policy issues and the special economic issues facing rural Alaska.


Environmental Economics and Policy
Spring 2012: Econ A210
When: Mondays 5:30-8:15
Where: DPL 301
Instructor: Steve Colt, Professor of Economics & Environmental Studies, University of Alaska Anchorage


Culture and Globalization
Spring 2012: ANTH 490
When: Tues/Thurs 4:00-5:15
Where: Diplomacy 501 (free parking)
Instructor: Marie Lowe, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage
Description: The term globalization can refer to many things but in this course, it concerns the transnational flow of products, people, and ideas. Using this basic definition of globalization as a starting point, the course ex- plores cultural impacts and re- sponses to neoliberal capitalism: through local studies of economic production and development, in the context of transnational migration, and through the influence of new information technologies and media on identity, values, and beliefs.


Research Methods in Administration
Spring 2012: PADM A604, CRN: 33726
When: Tuesday 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm (January 17, 2012 to May 5, 2012)
Where: Diplomacy 501 (free parking)
Instructor: Diwakar Vadapalli, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage


Introduction to Public Land Management: How Public Resource Development Decisions Are Made
Spring 2012: ENVI A490 (CRN: 40702) and PADM A671 (CRN: 39821)
When: Thursday 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm (January 17, 2012 to May 5, 2012)
Where: Diplomacy 301 (free parking)
Instructor: Robert Loeffler, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Bob Loeffler has over 25 years of government, management, and natural resources experience, including seven years as director of the Alaska Division of Mining, Land, and Water. He has a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering (Stanford University), and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning (Harvard University). This is the second year this course has been taught.
Description: This course provides an overview of the legal, economic, and political framework for making decisions about resource development. It is intended for students who may work in industry, government, Alaska Native corporations, or consulting firms. The class will involve readings on the topics described below and discussion about Alaska resource development decisions.
Topics covered in the course include:

  • Introduction to water law, mineral law, and certain land law concepts
  • Permit requirements and process, with emphasis on the major permitting laws
  • Discussion of how government and landowners exercise decision-making discretion
  • Elements of taxation and other public payments for resource development

Class is intended for graduate students and upper level undergraduates.

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