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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.

Titlesort ascending Quarter Day, Time, Location Instructor(s) Description
COMPLIT 348 (section 1)
US-Mexico Border Fictions: Writing La Frontera, Tearing Down the Wall (ILAC 348)
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
Saldivar, J.

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 literary... more

AMSTUD 117 (section 1)
Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary American Film (AFRICAAM 117J, ASNAMST 117D, CSRE 117D, FEMGEN 117F)
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Remote
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 2000, students... more

PUBLPOL 154 (section 1)
Politics and Policy in California
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
Nation, J., Crane, D., Westover, 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

CEE 136 (section 1)
Planning Calif: the Intersection of Climate, Land Use, Transportation & the Economy (CEE 236, PUBLPOL 130, PUBLPOL 230, URBANST 130)
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
Coutant, A., Terplan, E., Wang, K.

Cities and urban areas have always been transformed by major external changes like pandemics and public health crises. California is both in the midst of its greatest economic recession since the Great Depression and experiencing a pandemic that has the potential to reshape many aspects of life... more

NATIVEAM 115 (section 1)
Introduction to Native American History
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
6:30pm - 7:50pm
Remote
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

BIO 156 (section 1)
California Wildfires: Forest Fire Ecology, Management, and Policy
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
Smith, J.

Widespread wildfires have become an annual occurrence throughout California with massive implications for both the natural world and human society. The impacts of these fires are likely to grow with further climate change and land-use intensification. This class will take an interdisciplinary... more