As indicated within the About and the Welcome / Courses / Links sections of this site, I teach a Westerns film course at the college level. This post provides an update and options for those interested in enrolling for the upcoming Winter 2013 term. Students can either “ride into town” or ride the “e-railway” of the Internet to enroll.

St. Clair College (located in the Detroit-Windsor region) offers Westerns: Film as Lens to the Present as a general elective course within its School of Community Studies. The course is available to registered St. Clair students both on-campus and online.

The course explores a number of themes within the genre of Westerns –  themes include Origins of the Western, Components of the Western, Landscape & Setting, Indigenous Peoples, Women, Directors, Actors, Soundtracks, TV Westerns, Graphic Novels, Animated Films and the Video Game West.The class examines such current Westerns as AMC’s Hell on Wheels, A&E’s Longmire and Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption.

There will be two St. Clair on-campus offerings for the Winter 2013 term. One section will be offered at the main (south) campus and the other at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, located in downtown Windsor. The main campus offering will take place on Tuesdays from 2 to 5pm with the downtown section on Thursdays from 2 to 5pm. Additionally, there will be two online sections of Westerns: Film as Lens to the Present offered by St. Clair in the Winter term.

Both the on-campus and online St. Clair offerings run for a total of 15 weeks beginning January 7th –  please click on the St. Clair link below for further information:

St. Clair College – The School of Community Studies – Winter 2013 Term – January 7th to April 19th

Contact your Program Coordinator at St. Clair

I also provide an online Westerns film course via Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This course is open to all international students and adult learners.

Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre – Online / Sault College – Winter 2013 Term

January 11th to April 19th, 2012 – Westerns @ Sault College

NOTE: The above courses will run again in the Spring 2013 term – specific dates will be posted in March.

So however you choose to ride into class, all are welcome!

Please feel free to contact me directly at with any questions. Thanks.

Chad Beharriell, MA

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