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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.

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Winter Courses Shine New Light on the American West

With the new year and winter quarter approaching, we are pleased to highlight two new courses that will be taught by affiliates of the Bill Lane Center.

Quick Links: Winter 2019 Classes | The American West Course

Titlesort descending Quarter Day, Time, Location Instructor(s) Description
AMSTUD 124B (section 1)
European and North African Visions of the American West (COMPLIT 124B, DLCL 124B)
2018-2019 Winter
Thursday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
420-050
Ulloa, M.

This course is an interdisciplinary investigation of the rewriting of the American West in the Mediterranean context through the transnational lenses of filmmakers and artists of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, through primarily cinema, but also graphic novels, novels, and murals. How... more

EARTH 126Y (section 1)
Hard Earth: Stanford Graduate-Student Talks Exploring Tough Environmental Dilemmas (CEE 126Y)
2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday
4:30pm - 5:20pm
Roble Hall Seminar Room M129
Koseff, J., Reed, B., Roth, J.

Stanford's graduate students are a trove of knowledge -- and, just as important, curiosity -- about environmental sustainability. This seminar will feature talks by graduate students that explore the biggest, most bedeviling questions about environmental sustainability locally and around the... more

CEE 126Y (section 1)
Hard Earth: Stanford Graduate-Student Talks Exploring Tough Environmental Dilemmas (EARTH 126Y)
2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday
4:30pm - 5:20pm
Roble Hall Seminar Room M129
Koseff, J., Reed, B., Roth, J.

Stanford's graduate students are a trove of knowledge -- and, just as important, curiosity -- about environmental sustainability. This seminar will feature talks by graduate students that explore the biggest, most bedeviling questions about environmental sustainability locally and around the... more

CSRE 275B (section 1)
History of Modern Mexico (AMSTUD 275B, CHILATST 275B, HISTORY 275B, HISTORY 375C)
2018-2019 Winter
Monday
10:30am - 1:20pm
200-217
Minian Andjel, A.

(History 275B is an undergraduate course offered for 5 units; History 375C is a graduate course offered for 4-5 units.) Surveys the history of governance, resistance, and identity formation in Mexico from the nineteenth century to the present. Explores Mexico's historical struggles to achieve... more

CHILATST 275B (section 1)
History of Modern Mexico (AMSTUD 275B, CSRE 275B, HISTORY 275B, HISTORY 375C)
2018-2019 Winter
Monday
10:30am - 1:20pm
200-217
Minian Andjel, A.

(History 275B is an undergraduate course offered for 5 units; History 375C is a graduate course offered for 4-5 units.) Surveys the history of governance, resistance, and identity formation in Mexico from the nineteenth century to the present. Explores Mexico's historical struggles to achieve... more

AMSTUD 275B (section 1)
History of Modern Mexico (CHILATST 275B, CSRE 275B, HISTORY 275B, HISTORY 375C)
2018-2019 Winter
Monday
10:30am - 1:20pm
200-217
Minian Andjel, A.

(History 275B is an undergraduate course offered for 5 units; History 375C is a graduate course offered for 4-5 units.) Surveys the history of governance, resistance, and identity formation in Mexico from the nineteenth century to the present. Explores Mexico's historical struggles to achieve... more

NATIVEAM 115 (section 1)
Introduction to Native American History
2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
6:30pm - 8:20pm
School of Education 229
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

HISTORY 73 (section 1)
Mexican Migration to the United States (AMSTUD 73, CHILATST 173, HISTORY 173)
2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
School of Education 128
Minian Andjel, A., Hill, R.

(History 73 is 3 units; History 173 is 5 units.) This class examines the history of Mexican migration to the United States. In the United States we constantly hear about Obama's immigration plan, the anti-immigrant laws in Arizona, and the courage of DREAM Activists; in Mexico news sources speak... more

HISTORY 173 (section 1)
Mexican Migration to the United States (AMSTUD 73, CHILATST 173, HISTORY 73)
2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
School of Education 128
Minian Andjel, A., Hill, R.

(History 73 is 3 units; History 173 is 5 units.) This class examines the history of Mexican migration to the United States. In the United States we constantly hear about Obama's immigration plan, the anti-immigrant laws in Arizona, and the courage of DREAM Activists; in Mexico news sources speak... more

CSRE 29SI (section 1)
Migration is Beautiful: Histories, Realities, and Policies of Immigrant Justice
2018-2019 Winter
Thursday
6:30pm - 8:20pm
460-301
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

NATIVEAM 109B (section 1)
Native Nation Building (CSRE 109B)
2018-2019 Winter
Monday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
360-361A
Biestman, K.

The history of competing tribal and Western economic models, and the legal, political, social, and cultural implications for tribal economic development. Case studies include mineral resource extraction, gaming, and cultural tourism. 21st-century strategies for sustainable economic development... more

CSRE 109B (section 1)
Native Nation Building (NATIVEAM 109B)
2018-2019 Winter
Monday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
360-361A
Biestman, K.

The history of competing tribal and Western economic models, and the legal, political, social, and cultural implications for tribal economic development. Case studies include mineral resource extraction, gaming, and cultural tourism. 21st-century strategies for sustainable economic development... more

PUBLPOL 154 (section 1)
Politics and Policy in California
2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:20pm
Econ 139
Nation, J., Crane, D., Livingston, R., Smalbach, R.

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

AMSTUD 117 (section 1)
Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary American Film (AFRICAAM 117J, ASNAMST 117D, CSRE 117D, FEMGEN 117F)
2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
200-202
Gow, W., Gow, W.

This course introduces students to the theoretical and analytical frameworks necessary to critically understand constructions of race, gender, and sexuality in contemporary American film. Through a sustained engagement with a range of independent and Hollywood films produced since the 1990s,... more

HUMBIO 173 (section 1)
Science, Innovation and the Law (PUBLPOL 173)
2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
9:00am - 10:20am
School of Education 128
Hong, E., Abrams, W.

The interaction of science, business and law: how scientific ideas are protected by law; the rights of those who invent, develop, and finance scientific discovery; the kinds of protections that apply; and how ideas are commercialized and brought to market. Guest speakers will include investors,... more

ENGLISH 146A (section 1)
Steinbeck (AMSTUD 146A)
2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
260-113
Merz, A., Wang, M., Jordan, J., Jones, G.

Introduction to the work of an American writer, beloved by general readers, often reviled by critics, whose career spanned from the Great Depression through World War II to the social upheavals of the 1960s. Focus on the social and political contexts of Steinbeck's major works; his fascination... more

AMSTUD 146A (section 1)
Steinbeck (ENGLISH 146A)
2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
260-113
Merz, A., Wang, M., Jordan, J., Jones, G.

Introduction to the work of an American writer, beloved by general readers, often reviled by critics, whose career spanned from the Great Depression through World War II to the social upheavals of the 1960s. Focus on the social and political contexts of Steinbeck's major works; his fascination... more

CEE 224Y (section 1)
Sustainable Urban Systems Project (CEE 124Y, GEOPHYS 118Y, GEOPHYS 218Y)
2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Y2E2 292A
Ouyang, D., Suckale, J., Santiago Tate, A., Leckie, J., Ortolano, L., Sarte, S., Nishimura, R.

Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS) Project is a project-based learning experience being piloted for an upcoming new SUS M.S. Program within CEE. Students are placed in small interdisciplinary teams (engineers and non-engineers, undergraduate and graduate level) to work on complex design,... more

ANTHRO 30Q (section 1)
The Big Shift (CSRE 30Q)
2018-2019 Winter
Wednesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
420-147
Wilcox, M.

Is the middle class shrinking? How do people who live at the extremes of American society- the super rich, the working poor and those who live on the margins, imagine and experience "the good life"? How do we understand phenomena such as gang cultures, addiction and the realignment of white... more

CEE 230 (section 1)
Urban Development and Governance (PUBLPOL 130, PUBLPOL 230, URBANST 130)
2018-2019 Winter
Monday
6:00pm - 8:50pm
Y2E2 101
Leckie, J., Terplan, E., Wang, K.

Introduction to urban planning, policy, politics, and governance by a lecture team from SPUR. Focus on the U.S., California, and the Bay Area.

ILAC 348 (section 1)
US-Mexico Border Fictions: Writing La Frontera, Tearing Down the Wall (COMPLIT 348)
2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
300-303
Saldivar, J.

<p>A border is a force of containment that inspires dreams of being overcome, crossed, and cursed; motivates bodies to climb over walls; and threatens physical harm. This graduate seminar places into comparative dialogue a variety of perspectives from Chicana/o and Mexican/Latin American... more

COMPLIT 348 (section 1)
US-Mexico Border Fictions: Writing La Frontera, Tearing Down the Wall (ILAC 348)
2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
300-303
Saldivar, J.

<p>A border is a force of containment that inspires dreams of being overcome, crossed, and cursed; motivates bodies to climb over walls; and threatens physical harm. This graduate seminar places into comparative dialogue a variety of perspectives from Chicana/o and Mexican/Latin American... more

PUBLPOL 209 (section 1)
What is Public about Public Lands - Who and How to Manage.
2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Littlefield 107
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