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Courses on the American West

Each year, Stanford University offers dozens of courses related to the study of the North American West across a wide range of departments and programs. In addition to offering classes like our interdisciplinary spring quarter course The American West, The Bill Lane Center for the American West curates a listing of courses related to the American West.

Use the form at lower left to filter courses by academic year, quarter, and to search for department codes and course titles.

Title Quarter Day, Time, Location Instructor(s) Description
AMSTUD 118 (section 1)
Critical Family History: Narratives of Identity and Difference (AFRICAAM 118X, ASNAMST 118S, CSRE 118S)
2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
School of Education 206
Gow, W.

This course examines family history as a site for understanding identity, power, and social difference in American society. Focusing in particular on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, we approach the family as an archive through which we might write alternative histories to the... more

CEE 126Y (section 1)
Hard Earth: Stanford Graduate-Student Talks Exploring Tough Environmental Dilemmas (EARTH 126Y)
2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday
4:30pm - 5:20pm
Roble Hall Seminar Room M129
Wong-Parodi, G., Shivaram, R., Reed, B.

Environmental disasters are striking with alarming frequency. Many, including wildfires and ecosystem collapse, are hitting California. The winter 2019 Hard Earth series will feature biweekly talks by Stanford graduate students whose research probes how people are coping with, adapting to, and... more

CEE 224Y (section 1)
Shaping the Future of the Bay Area (CEE 124Y, GEOPHYS 118Y, GEOPHYS 218Y)
2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
50-52H
Ouyang, D., Suckale, J., Santiago Tate, A., Leckie, J., Ortolano, L., Sarte, S., Nishimura, R.

Students are placed in small interdisciplinary teams (engineers and non-engineers, undergraduate and graduate level) to work on complex design, engineering, and policy problems presented by external partners in a real urban setting. Multiple projects are offered and may span both Winter and... more

CEE 265F (section 1)
Environmental Governance and Climate Resilience (POLISCI 227B, PUBLPOL 265F)
2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Y2E2 111
Cain, B., Miller, R., Ortolano, L.

Adaptation to climate change will not only require new infrastructure and policies, but it will also challenge our local, state and national governments to collaborate across jurisdictional lines in ways that include many different types of private and nonprofit organizations and individual... more

CSRE 29SI (section 1)
Migration is Beautiful: Histories, Realities, and Policies of Immigrant Justice
2019-2020 Winter
Thursday
6:30pm - 8:20pm
300-303
Jimenez, T.

In the current political landscape, many political stakeholders have endorsed anti-immigrant policies using inflammatory rhetoric that has disturbed American attitudes toward immigration. This course challenges the underlying assumptions of this discourse. We will begin by analyzing the history... more

EARTH 126Y (section 1)
Hard Earth: Stanford Graduate-Student Talks Exploring Tough Environmental Dilemmas (CEE 126Y)
2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday
4:30pm - 5:20pm
Roble Hall Seminar Room M129
Wong-Parodi, G., Shivaram, R., Reed, B.

Environmental disasters are striking with alarming frequency. Many, including wildfires and ecosystem collapse, are hitting California. The winter 2019 Hard Earth series will feature biweekly talks by Stanford graduate students whose research probes how people are coping with, adapting to, and... more

HISTORY 203F (section 1)
Nuclear Insecurity in the Bay Area and Beyond (STS 200T)
2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
300-303
Hecht, G.

This upper-level course explores the history of radioactive contamination in the Bay Area and elsewhere. We'll examine the legacy of atomic bomb testing in our region and the current political implications of that legacy. We'll then explore the colonial and postcolonial dimensions of the nuclear... more

NATIVEAM 109A (section 1)
Federal Indian Law (CSRE 109A)
2019-2020 Winter
Monday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
Econ 218
Biestman, K.

Cases, legislation, comparative justice models, and historical and cultural material. The interlocking relationships of tribal, federal, and state governments. Emphasis is on economic development, religious freedom, and environmental justice issues in Indian country.

NATIVEAM 115 (section 1)
Introduction to Native American History
2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
6:30pm - 8:20pm
260-011
Red Shirt, D.

This course incorporates a Native American perspective in the assigned readings and is an introduction to Native American History from contact with Europeans to the present. History, from a Western perspective, is secular and objectively evaluative whereas for most Indigenous peoples, history... more

PUBLPOL 154 (section 1)
Politics and Policy in California
2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:20pm
Littlefield 107
Nation, J., Crane, D.

State politics and policy making, including the roles of the legislature, legislative leadership, governor, special interests, campaign finance, advocacy groups, ballot initiatives, state and federal laws, media, and research organizations. Case studies involving budgets, education, pensions,... more

PUBLPOL 209 (section 1)
What is Public about Public Lands - Who and How to Manage.
2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
380-380F
Shea, P.

The seminar will exam the origin and evolution of public lands from 1789 forward. Specifically, how the United States' concept of property has evolved and thus the management or caretaking of these lands has also changed. There are nearly 500 million acres of surface public lands (nearly ten... more

URBANST 108H (section 1)
Housing Affordability Crisis in California: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions
2019-2020 Winter
Friday
10:30am - 1:20pm
80-115

This course will divided into three sections that when combined provide 1) the overall narrative of the precedents and adverse impacts of the worldwide, US west coast and California housing crises and the frameworks for California to create a balanced housing market without causing extreme... more