Courses on the West at Stanford
Spring 2016 Courses
Bruce E. Cain, David Freyberg, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, David M. Kennedy and Connie Wolff
The American West is characterized by frontier mythology, vast distances, marked aridity, and unique political and economic characteristics. This course integrates several disciplinary perspectives into a comprehensive examination of Western North America: its history, physical geography, climate, literature, art, film, institutions, politics, demography, economy, and continuing policy challenges. Students examine themes fundamental to understanding the region: time, space, water, peoples, and boom and bust cycles.
- Article from Stanford Humanities: Stanford course aims to cultivate future leaders of the American West
Ali Boehm, Deborah Rivas, and Dan Reineman
The western boundary of the West, California's 1,100 miles of coastline encapsulate many of the issues and tensions – as well as the natural grandeur – of the region as a whole. Studying the management of the coast — balancing conservation and development, watching the shifting rural/urban interface, and addressing population growth and changing demographics — presents an opportunity to explore many complex and important issues right in Stanford’s own backyard. Sponsored by the Bill Lane Center for the American West and attracting students from across the Stanford campus (including the Schools of Humanities & Sciences, Law, Engineering, and Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences), this interdisciplinary course delves into the complexity of coastal management through case studies of contemporary issues and challenges.
Curated List of Other Courses on the West at Stanford
Each year, Stanford University offers nearly 100 courses related to the study of the North American West across a wide range of departments and programs. Click on the links here to see a listing by quarter:
Exploring the West is a high-school curriculum committed to expanding and enriching students’ perceptions of the West. The site contains worksheets and lesson plans that present the West as a contemporary, diverse, transnational, and dynamic region.
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