Spring 2018 - HIST 376 D100

North American West (4)

Class Number: 3312

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 10655, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2018
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Joseph Taylor
    1 778 782-4400
    Office: AQ # 6012
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



Examines themes in the development of the western portions of North America, their incorporation into nation states, and the tensions between local, regional, and national systems during the last two centuries. Themes will include race, ethnicity, class labor, capital, and environment.


This course traces the incorporation and development of western North America by three nations during the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  If focuses on material, political, and cultural events in the areas of northern Mexico and western Canada and United States since 1800.  The primary aim is to bolster understandings of the dynamic forces that shaped regional development at a transnational level.  Lectures and readings develop historical and spatial analyses of regional events, while films bare the interplay of history and popular culture in regional and national mythology.  Students will engage lectures, secondary readings, and primary texts to understand the North American West as—simultaneously—one region, three nations, and many places.  HIST 376 contributes to student comprehension of the social, cultural, and environmental issues underlying regional development.

Colonialism, Core-Periphery Relationships, Environmental Contingencies, Local and Regional Culture, Nationalism, Mythology and History.


  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Term Paper 30%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Quizzes 10%



Andrew Graybill, Policing the Great Plains

Lissa Wadewitz, The Nature of Borders

Andrea Geiger, Subverting Exclusion

Andrew Needham, Power Lines

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