Summer Academy of Intensive Graduate Courses for Social Studies Teachers

The Department of Political Science
at the University of Alaska Anchorage
presents a
Summer Academy of
Intensive Graduate Courses
for Social Studies Teachers
June 10 to July 14, 2013

Deepen your understanding of critical events, people, and eras in American history and earn credits for an advanced degree by taking a graduate course at UAA this summer. Week-­long, one-­credit intensive graduate courses on American politics and history are open to teachers with bachelor’s degrees. Instructors are faculty members in political science and history at UAA or other universities with terminal degrees in history, political science, and law. Register now for one or more of these graduate-­level courses. These courses may also be taken at the undergraduate level, which may be applied, up to a limit of nine credits, toward graduate degrees at UAA.

Each course meets for fourteen hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9.00 to 11.00 a.m. and (after a break for lunch) from 12.00 noon to 2.00 p.m., Thursday from 9.00 to 11.00 a.m. for a review and conclusion, and for two more hours on the following Sunday from 6.00 to 8.00 p.m. for the final examination. Reading assignments are distributed in advance. Papers may be due up to two weeks after the examination.

Degree-­seeking and non-­degree-­seeking students are eligible to take these courses. Tuition is $383.00 for each graduate course and $200.00 for each undergraduate course, with additional 2% network charges of $7.66 or $4.00, respectively. Those who enroll for more than two summer credits pay a UAA student fee (e.g., $73 for three credits or $85 for five credits). Courses meet at the University Center, where parking is free.

Courses for Summer Academy 2013

June 10-13 (exam June 16) — Lincoln and the Civil War
Professor Emeritus Stephen Haycox (History), UAA

The contradiction between the self-­–evident truth of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and the presence of African slavery in the United States led to the Civil War, which resulted in the refounding of the nation or its restoration to its founding principle. This course investigates the significance of the Civil War, focusing on Lincoln’s statesmanship before and during his presidency.

Stephen W. Haycox, who received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Oregon, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at UAA, where he taught full-­–time from 1970 to 2010.

June 17-20 (exam June 23) The Framing of the U. S. Constitution
Professor Guy F. Burnett (Political Science), UAA

America has the oldest Constitution in the world. This course explores the beginnings of constitutional government in America by reading and discussing what the framers were thinking and saying at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787.

Guy F. Burnett, who received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University, is Term Assistant Professor of Political Science at UAA, where he has taught since 2012.

June 24-27 (exam June 30) The Founders’ Constitution and Some Leading Cases in U. S. Constitutional History
Professor Emeritus John Baker, LSU Law School

The course will cover the arguments for and against the Constitution made during the ratification debates and show how the arguments in The Federalist shaped the early landmark cases of the Supreme Court, beginning with Marbury v. Madison. The course will continue with some of the more important landmark cases decided over the years.

John Baker, who received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his Ph.D. in Political Thought from the University of London, is Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University Law School and a Visiting Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford University.

July 1-4 (exam July 7) The Meaning of the Declaration of Independence
Professor James W. Muller (Political Science), UAA

[Note: This course meets as usual except July 4, when students attend the reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Veterans’ Memorial Flagpole on the Park Strip, 1.00 to 2.00 p.m., in place of the Thursday morning meeting.]

The Declaration of Independence is America’s most fundamental public document. It argues that all men are created equal, with unalienable rights; that governments, created to secure these rights, have their powers by consent; and that people have a right to revolution if government becomes destructive of these ends. This course explores the meaning of the Declaration of Independence, focusing on rights, equality, slavery, and constitutional government.

James W. Muller, who received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, is Chair and Professor of Political Science at UAA, where he has taught since 1983, and editor of The Revival of Constitutionalism (1988).

July 8-11 (exam July 14) U. S. Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century
Professor Will Morrisey (Politics), Hillsdale College

This course is a survey of American foreign policy during the century in which the nation became a major global power. Study will focus on original source documents issued by the statesmen who framed the policies, addressing such themes as liberal internationalism, regime change, and criteria for military intervention.

Will Morrisey is Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, where he holds the William and Patricia LaMothe Chair in the U. S. Constitution. He has published eight books, including studies of the American founding, American Progressivism, pacifism, and the statesmanship of Charles de Gaulle.

July 15-18 (exam July 21) The Lincoln–Douglas Debates
Professor Forrest A. Nabors (Political Science), UAA

Across the state of Illinois in summer 1858, as they campaigned for a seat in the U.S. Senate, Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln argued about extending slavery in the territories in the most famous debates in American history, which examined the justification of slavery and the meaning of equality. This course examines the historical significance and contemporary relevance of these 1858 debates.

Forrest A. Nabors, who received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oregon, is Assistant Professor of Political Science at UAA, where he has taught since 2011.


Graduate-level courses are Political Science A690, Studies in Politics; undergraduate-level courses are Political Science A490, Studies in Politics. For more information, e-mail Professor Forrest A. Nabors, Director, 2013 Summer Academy, fanabors@uaa.alaska.edu.

How to Register
  • Go to the University of Alaska Anchorage online, apply for admission as a “non-degree seeking student,” and choose summer 2013. There is no application fee.
  • A response might take two to three days.
  • When you have been accepted, you may register for the courses.
  • If you have any questions about registration, call Maryjean Rose, registration specialist, at the UAA Office of the Registrar, (907) 786-.6186.