Spring 2020 - HIST 376 D100
North American West (4)
Class Number: 4668
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 17, 2020
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
1 778 782-4400
Office: AQ 6012
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 trace 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.
- Midterm 30%
- Paper 30%
- Final 30%
- Quizzes 10%
Christopher Herbert, Gold Rush Manliness
Lissa Wadewitz, The Nature of Borders
Andrea Geiger, Subverting Exclusion
Josh Reid, The Sea Is My Country
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