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The American West
AMER WEST
CLASS CODE: HIST 363 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, POLITICAL SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: The exploration and development of the western United States from 1800 to the present, with emphasis on cultural interaction and the mythic imagery of the west.
TAUGHT: Fall 2004, Winter 2005, Fall 2005
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Topics include pre-contact Native American culture, European exploration and settlement, federal policies in regards to cultural groups and land, immigration in and out of the region, mass media and popular culture representations, technological and industrial development, and the mythic significance of the West.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Recognize and assess the main economic, cultural, and political issues of Western history from the beginning of settlement to the present day.
Understand the key actors and chronology of western settlement from Lewis & Clark through the end of the nineteenth century.
Know the key actors and chronology of western development from the end of the nineteenth century to the present.
Evaluate the core elements of the Western mythical image, how it has been produced and consumed, and how it has evolved and changed through two hundred years of literature, film, and other forms of popular culture.
Develop a critical philosophy for analyzing written or visual representations of the West, both academic and popular.
REQUIREMENTS: Students will be required to read 1,000+ evaluated pages, write a 10 page paper, give an oral presentation using Power Point, and know the basic work of 25 significant scholars in the field.
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have AmHer 170, Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write, and document a basic historical essay.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001