In addition to sharing information and ideas via, this writer also instructs at the college level, teaching for both Sault College (Sault Ste. Marie, ON/MI) and St. Clair College (Windsor, ON/Detroit, MI). This post is to announce that registration is now open for the two online Sault College courses I teach, The Video Game West, and Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre. The Video Game West is a new course, launched in 2015, that guides students thru an exploration of the Western genre via the medium of video games. Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre has been offered since 2009 and is a film-focused analysis of the genre.

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Each online course runs 14 weeks and is offered internationally to all college-level students, regardless of location. To register and/or receive approval for the course from your home college, contact the Continuing Education department at Sault College – they will provide a course outline for your institution to authorize as part of your specific program.

The Video Game West examines such topics as the history of Western video games, locations & settings, historical figures in games, the multiplayer experience, and the marketing of Western games. Assignments include weekly participation questions and a project in which students create their own story-line for a Western video game! Games that will be discussed include the acclaimed Red Dead Redemption (2010), by Rockstar Games. Here is a trailer for that game:

Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre allows students to complete two Film Reviews from a selection of movies that range from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) to Django Unchained (2012). Film selections are updated over time. To view the official course descriptions for each online course, visit The Video Game West Westerns : A Study in the Film Genre .

Each online course begins Tuesday, September 8th and students can register until September 15th. The cost for each class is $384.62 (CDN), which at the current US exchange rate is approximately $292 (US). Neither course requires a textbook – lecture content and readings are provided online. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions via email @

If you are looking for a different kind of college class, one that matches an interest in the Western genre, films and/or video games, I hope to see you on the electronic trail!

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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