History of the American West 1840-1900

Ref: C2224598

Cowboys and Indians, gold strikes and railroads, gunfighters and last stands - this course aims to introduce you to the far more complex, brutal and surprising history of the American West, a story replete with fascinating characters like Sitting Bull and George Armstrong Custer, fascinating locations like the Great Plains or Dodge City and fascinating campaigns and events like the Donner Party and the Wounded Knee Massacre. We will understand Indian-white relations and conflict and the settlement of the West between 1840 and 1900

Course aim

To introduce students to the 'real' history of the American West, 1840-1900.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed

What topics will this course cover

- The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

How will I know I'm making progress?

- A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- Nothing else is needed

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

History of the American West 1840-1900 Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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