Schedule

Week 1 (January 13-17): Introduction

  • Monday: Introduction
  • Wednesday: Researching American Western History
  • Friday: Read “Where is the American West? Report on a Survey” (blog)

Week 2 (January 20-24): Pre-European Contact History

  • Monday: No Class (MLK Day)
  • Wednesday: Lecture
  • Friday: Lecture

Week 3 (January 27-31): Archaeology & History

  • Monday: Watch The Mystery of Chaco Canyon (DVD)

*** Project Description is due in class ***

  • Wednesday: Film discussion
  • Friday: Read “The Indians Old World” (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

Week 4 (February 3-7): Early European Contact

  • Monday: Lecture
  • Wednesday: Lecture
  • Friday: “Sexuality in Early California Franciscan Missions” (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

Week 5 (February 10-14): Exploring the West

  • Monday: Lecture
  • Wednesday: Lecture
  • Friday: “Native Women in Canadian Fur Trade Society” (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

Week 6 (February 17-21): A Diverse West

  • Monday: Lecture
  • Wednesday: Lecture
  • Friday: “The Myths of Manifest Destiny” (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

Week 7 (February 24-28): Diverse West/Midterm

  • Monday: “Mormon ‘Deliverance and the Closing of the Frontier” (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

  • Wednesday: Content Catch-Up Day/Midterm Review
  • Friday: Midterm

Week 8 (March 2-6): Spring Break

Week 9 (March 9-13): American Imperialism

  • Monday: No Class
  • Wednesday: Lecture

*** Primary Source Analysis is due in class ***

  • Friday: Read America is in the Heart

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

*** Remote Learning Plan ***

Week 10 (March 16-20): Civil Rights in the American West

  • Monday:
    • Email Primary source analysis by 10AM in either PDF or MSWord.
    • Write blog post on America is in the Heart by 8AM.
  • Friday:
    • Watch lectures on Hawaii and the American West by 5PM and email answers to questions at the end. The answers will be added to your participation grade.
    • Write blog post on “From Esteban to Rodney King” (blog) by 8AM.
    • Write at least one comment on another classmate’s blog post of America is in the Heart by 5PM. This will be added to your participation grade.

 

Week 11 (March 23-27): Fiction of the American West

  • Wednesday: 
    • Watch lectures on Civil Rights and the American West by 5PM and email answers to questions at the end. The answers will be added to your participation grade.
    • Write at least one comment on another classmate’s blog post on “From Esteban to Rodney King” by 5PM. This will be added to your participation grade.
  • Friday: 
    • Write blog post on The Virginian by 8AM.

 

Week 12 (March 30-April 3): Visual Images & West as Future

  • Wednesday:
    • Watch lectures on the Fine Arts and the American West by 5PM and email answers to questions at the end. The answers will be added to your participation grade.
    • Write blog post on A Princess of Mars by 8AM.
    • Write at least one comment on another classmate’s blog post on The Virginian by 5PM. This will be added to your participation grade.
  • Friday:

 

Week 13 (April 6-10): The West in American Film

  • Monday:
    • Write at least one comment on A Princess of Mars by 5PM. This will be added to your participation grade.
  • Wednesday:
    • Write at least one comment on another classmate’s blog post on Oregon Trail (1990) by 5PM. This will be added to your participation grade.
  • Friday:
    • Watch two of the following movies and write two separate blog posts about how they relate to the concept of the “American West.” Each blog post must be at least 2 paragraphs long (3-5 sentences=1 paragraph). **** Do not use the blogging format that we have been using for other blogging assignments. These blog post will be added to your blog post grade. Both blog posts are due by 8AM.
      • The Great Train Robbery (1903)
      • The Battle of Elderbusch Gulch (1913)
      • Broncho Billy and the Greaser (1914)
      • High Noon (1952)
      • The Searchers (1956)
      • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
      • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
      • True Grit (1969)
      • The Outlaw Josie Wales (1976)
      • Star Trek (1979)
      • Dances with Wolves (1990)
      • Unforgiven (1992)
      • Shanghai Noon (2000)
      • The Business of Fancy Dancing (2002)
      • Serenity (2005)
      • No Country for Old Men (2007)
      • Django Unchained (2012)
      • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
      • 3:10 to Yuma (any version)
      • The Magnificent Seven (any version)

 

Week 14 (April 13-17): Research Papers

  • Wednesday: 
    • Write two comments on two different classmate’s blog posts on film and the American West by 5PM. This will be added to your participation grade.
  • Friday: 
    • Email research paper in PDF or MSWord by 10AM.

 

Week 15 (April 20-24): Presentations

  • Monday:
    • Receive final exam review sheet via email by 10AM.
  • Friday:
    • Receive take home exam via email by 10AM.

 

Week 16 (April 27-May 1): Finals Week

  • Wednesday
    • Email take home exam in PDF or MSWord by 8:30AM.