Spring 2024 - HIST 376 OL01

North American West (4)

Class Number: 4728

Delivery Method: Online


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2024
    Thu, 11:59–11:59 p.m.

  • 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 never outgrew those roots. HIST 376 traces the incorporation of western North American into the political economies of three nation states, exploring racial and gendered developments at local, national, and transnational scales while also examining the complex dialectic between the realms of history and mythology. Primary and secondary texts and lectures provide the content. Lectures and online class discussions will clarify place this information in broader context. Students will be challenged to understand the West as simultaneously one region, three nations, and many places. The course will also contribute to the comprehension of social, cultural, and environmental issues underlying regional development.



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


2024 Alert: This course will be conducted remotely. Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and methods of feedback on your work than for in-person classes. Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they require lecture, discussion, or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, must register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely manner.

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



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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