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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
AFRICAAM 169A (section 1)
Race and Ethnicity in Urban California (AMSTUD 169, CSRE 260, URBANST 169)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote
McKibben, C.

The course is part of an ongoing research project that examines the consequences of longterm social, economic, and political changes in ethnic and race relations in in urban California. The required readings, discussions, and service learning component all provide a platform for students to... more

AMSTUD 115 (section 1)
Asian American Film and Popular Culture (ASNAMST 115, COMPLIT 159, ENGLISH 169C)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
4:30pm - 5:50pm
Remote
Wang, E., Gow, W.

Tracing the evolution of Asian American cultural representations from the silent film era through the first generation of Asian American YouTube stars, this course examines the economic, political, and cultural influence of Asian American screen images on U.S. society. Through a focus on both... more

AMSTUD 124A (section 1)
The American West (ARTHIST 152, ENGLISH 124, HISTORY 151, POLISCI 124A)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
Kennedy, D., Fishkin, S., Hammann, A., Cain, B., Oberholzer, J., Krass, M., Freyberg, D.

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,... more

AMSTUD 150X (section 1)
From Gold Rush to Google Bus: History of San Francisco (HISTORY 252E, URBANST 150)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote
Kahan, M.

This class will examine the history of San Francisco from Native American and colonial settlement through the present. Focus is on social, environmental, and political history, with the theme of power in the city. Topics include Native Americans, the Gold Rush, immigration and nativism,... more

AMSTUD 169 (section 1)
Race and Ethnicity in Urban California (AFRICAAM 169A, CSRE 260, URBANST 169)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote
McKibben, C.

The course is part of an ongoing research project that examines the consequences of longterm social, economic, and political changes in ethnic and race relations in in urban California. The required readings, discussions, and service learning component all provide a platform for students to... more

ARTHIST 152 (section 1)
The American West (AMSTUD 124A, ENGLISH 124, HISTORY 151, POLISCI 124A)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
Kennedy, D., Fishkin, S., Hammann, A., Cain, B., Oberholzer, J., Krass, M., Freyberg, D.

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,... more

CEE 263G (section 1)
Energy Policy in California and the West (ENERGY 73, POLISCI 73, PUBLPOL 73)
2020-2021 Spring
Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
Benson, S., Cain, B.

This seminar provides an in-depth analysis of the role of California state agencies and Western energy organizations in driving energy policy development, technology innovation, and market structures, in California, the West and internationally. The course covers three areas: 1) roles and... more

CSRE 260 (section 1)
Race and Ethnicity in Urban California (AFRICAAM 169A, AMSTUD 169, URBANST 169)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote
McKibben, C.

The course is part of an ongoing research project that examines the consequences of longterm social, economic, and political changes in ethnic and race relations in in urban California. The required readings, discussions, and service learning component all provide a platform for students to... more

EARTHSYS 168 (section 1)
Land Use: Planning for Equitable and Sustainable Cities (PUBLPOL 163, URBANST 163)
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Remote
Hehmeyer, P., Cain, B., Rich, D.

Approximately 80% of Americans live in urban areas (Source: Statista, 2019) and that percentage is growing. Take a moment to wonder what makes a city, why did it develop that way, and is that a good thing? Why are homes located in a specific area and businesses or factories located in another?... more

EARTHSYS 46N (section 1)
Exploring the Critical Interface between the Land and Monterey Bay: Elkhorn Slough (ESS 46N)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
Francis, C., Rasmussen, A.

Preference to freshmen. Field trips to sites in the Elkhorn Slough, a small agriculturally impacted estuary that opens into Monterey Bay, a model ecosystem for understanding the complexity of estuaries, and one of California's last remaining coastal wetlands. Readings include Jane Caffrey's... more

EDUC 340 (section 1)
Psychology and American Indian/Alaska Native Mental Health (NATIVEAM 240, PSYCH 272)
2020-2021 Spring
Wednesday
11:30am - 2:20pm
Remote
LaFromboise, T.

Western medicine's definition of health as the absence of sickness, disease, or pathology; Native American cultures' definition of health as the beauty of physical, spiritual, emotional, and social things, and sickness as something out of balance. Topics include: historical trauma; spirituality... more

ENGLISH 124 (section 1)
The American West (AMSTUD 124A, ARTHIST 152, HISTORY 151, POLISCI 124A)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
Kennedy, D., Fishkin, S., Hammann, A., Cain, B., Oberholzer, J., Krass, M., Freyberg, D.

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,... more

ENGLISH 93Q (section 1)
The American Road Trip
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
Carlson-Wee, K.

From Whitman to Kerouac, Alec Soth to Georgia O¿Keeffe, the lure of travel has inspired many American artists to pack up their bags and hit the open road. In this course we will be exploring the art and literature of the great American road trip. We will be reading and writing in a variety of... more

GEOPHYS 90 (section 1)
Earthquakes and Volcanoes (EARTHSYS 113)
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30am - 12:30pm
Remote
Segall, P., Blackstone, L.

Is the "Big One" overdue in California? What kind of damage would that cause? What can we do to reduce the impact of such hazards in urban environments? Does "fracking" cause earthquakes and are we at risk? Is the United States vulnerable to a giant tsunami? The geologic record contains evidence... more

HISTORY 203F (section 1)
Racial Justice in the Nuclear Age (STS 200T)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Lomita Mall South
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

MED 159 (section 1)
Oaxacan Health on Both Sides of the Border
2020-2021 Spring
Wednesday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
Remote
Heaney, C.

Required for students participating in the Community Health in Oaxaca summer program. Introduction to the health literacy and health-seeking behaviors of Oaxacan and other Mexican migrants; the health challenges these groups face. Through discussion and reflection, students prepare for clinical... more

NATIVEAM 240 (section 1)
Psychology and American Indian/Alaska Native Mental Health (EDUC 340, PSYCH 272)
2020-2021 Spring
Wednesday
11:30am - 2:20pm
Remote
LaFromboise, T.

Western medicine's definition of health as the absence of sickness, disease, or pathology; Native American cultures' definition of health as the beauty of physical, spiritual, emotional, and social things, and sickness as something out of balance. Topics include: historical trauma; spirituality... more

POLISCI 124A (section 1)
The American West (AMSTUD 124A, ARTHIST 152, ENGLISH 124, HISTORY 151)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
Kennedy, D., Fishkin, S., Hammann, A., Cain, B., Oberholzer, J., Krass, M., Freyberg, D.

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,... more

POLISCI 73 (section 1)
Energy Policy in California and the West (CEE 263G, ENERGY 73, PUBLPOL 73)
2020-2021 Spring
Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
Benson, S., Cain, B.

This seminar provides an in-depth analysis of the role of California state agencies and Western energy organizations in driving energy policy development, technology innovation, and market structures, in California, the West and internationally. The course covers three areas: 1) roles and... more

PUBLPOL 135 (section 1)
Regional Politics and Decision Making in Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area
2020-2021 Spring
Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote
Hancock, R.

Dynamics of regional leadership and decision making in Silicon Valley, a complex region composed of 40 cities and four counties without any overarching framework for governance. Formal and informal institutions shaping outcomes in the region. Case studies include transportation, workforce... more

PUBLPOL 163 (section 1)
Land Use: Planning for Equitable and Sustainable Cities (EARTHSYS 168, URBANST 163)
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Remote
Hehmeyer, P., Cain, B., Rich, D.

Approximately 80% of Americans live in urban areas (Source: Statista, 2019) and that percentage is growing. Take a moment to wonder what makes a city, why did it develop that way, and is that a good thing? Why are homes located in a specific area and businesses or factories located in another?... more

PUBLPOL 73 (section 1)
Energy Policy in California and the West (CEE 263G, ENERGY 73, POLISCI 73)
2020-2021 Spring
Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
Benson, S., Cain, B.

This seminar provides an in-depth analysis of the role of California state agencies and Western energy organizations in driving energy policy development, technology innovation, and market structures, in California, the West and internationally. The course covers three areas: 1) roles and... more

URBANST 163 (section 1)
Land Use: Planning for Equitable and Sustainable Cities (EARTHSYS 168, PUBLPOL 163)
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Remote
Hehmeyer, P., Cain, B., Rich, D.

Approximately 80% of Americans live in urban areas (Source: Statista, 2019) and that percentage is growing. Take a moment to wonder what makes a city, why did it develop that way, and is that a good thing? Why are homes located in a specific area and businesses or factories located in another?... more

URBANST 169 (section 1)
Race and Ethnicity in Urban California (AFRICAAM 169A, AMSTUD 169, CSRE 260)
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote
McKibben, C.

The course is part of an ongoing research project that examines the consequences of longterm social, economic, and political changes in ethnic and race relations in in urban California. The required readings, discussions, and service learning component all provide a platform for students to... more