By way of update, Fall 2016 registration is now open for the two online Sault College courses taught by this writer; Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre, and The Video Game West.  Now in its seventh year, Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre is a film-focused analysis of Westerns. The Video Game West, launched in 2015, guides students thru an interactive exploration of the Western genre via the medium of video games.

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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 The Hateful Eight (2015) and The Revenant (2015) – new film choices are added each year! Here is one trailer for The Revenant:

The Video Game West examines such topics as the history of Western video games, locations & settings, historical Western 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 game! Games that will be discussed include the acclaimed Red Dead Redemption (2010), produced by Rockstar Games. Here is one trailer for that award-winning title:

To view the official course descriptions for each online course, visit Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre The Video Game West .

The two courses run 14 weeks and are 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 Sault College – Continuing Education department – the college will provide a course outline for your institution to authorize as part of your specific program.

Each online course begins Tuesday, September 6th and students can register until September 13th. The cost for each class is $396.46 (CDN), which at the current US exchange rate is approximately $300 (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 digital trail!

 (Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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