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HIST 417C - The West as National Experience

(3 units) CO13
Historical issues shaping national myth, vision and destiny growing out of the experience, opportunities and conflicts of American expansion to the Pacific. 

Prerequisite(s): General Education courses (CO1-CO3) completed; at least 3 courses from CO4-CO8 completed; Junior or Senior standing.

Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. explain the ethical principles, belief systems, and social contexts that have shaped the modern American culture (also known as the “American identity”) as it was expressed in Western Films 1905 to today and identify how different groups were represented and came to be included or excluded from this “American Identity.”
2. analyze and synthesize primary, secondary, and cultural sources.
3. find and use historical scholarship and sources to answer a research question.
4. present ideas in a clear and persuasive manner both orally and in writing.
5. use relevant scholarship and historical evidence to articulate a theory of how and why American identity was shaped and reinforced by the social forces and cultural values exposed in American western films.


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