Crossing Borders, Finding Common Ground: Using Interdisciplinary Approaches and Sources for Teaching Western History


History and Philosophy

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Spring 2007


Discusses an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the history of the American West at colleges and universities. This article emphasizes the use of film, art, literature, and other cultural resources to supplement the scholarly essays, primary documents, and photography frequently used. Through lectures on and discussion of these sources, such a course "allows students to be more active participants" in the deconstruction of the term "West" and to more fully comprehend Western history in general. The article also details the objectives, planning, and assignments of the course.

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