Spring 2022 - HIST 376 D100

North American West (4)

Class Number: 4640

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 2522, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



Examines themes in the resettlement of western North America, dispossession of Indigenous peoples, incorporation into nation states, and transition from peripheries to cores of modernity. Themes will include class, gender, environment, ethnicity, and race.


The North American West emerged contemporaneously with industrial capitalism, and it has not yet outgrown those roots. HIST 376 will traces the incorporation of western North American into that economy, exploring development at local, national, and transnational scales while asking students to consider the complex dialectic between western history and mythology. Primary and secondary texts and lectures provide the content. Lectures and in-class discussions will place it all in broader contexts. Students will be challenged to understand the West as—simultaneously—one region, three nations, and many places. HIST 376 will contribute to student comprehension of the social, cultural, and environmental issues underlying regional development.


  • Midterms* 40%
  • Paper 30%
  • Final exam* 20%
  • Quizzes 10%


* NOTE: the course exams will be conducted online rather than in person in spring 2022.



  1. Christopher Herbert, Gold Rush Manliness
  2. Lissa Wadewitz, The Nature of Borders
  3. Andrea Geiger, Subverting Exclusion
  4. Josh Reid, The Sea Is My Country

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