Winter 2017 registration soon opens for the two online community college courses taught by this writer; Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre, and The Video Game West. The first, Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre, is a film-focused analysis of Westerns that is now in its eighth year. The Video Game West, launched in 2015, guides students thru an interactive exploration of Western video games.


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The two courses are offered by Sault College (Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada) and are open to CDN, US and international students outside those two countries. To register with Sault College and/or receive course approval from your home college, contact Sault College – Continuing Education – the college will provide a course outline for your institution to authorize for your program. Registration is open from January 2nd to 17th and the courses begin January 10th – each class runs 14 weeks.


Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre allows students to complete two Film Reviews from a selection of movies that include such recent Westerns as The Hateful Eight (2015) and The Revenant (2015) – new film choices are continually added! See the official course link at Sault College – Western Films. Here is one trailer for The Revenant:

The Video Game West examines such topics as the history of Western video games, game 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! See the official course link at Sault College – Western Video Games. Games discussed include the acclaimed Red Dead Redemption (2010), produced by Rockstar Games, which will see a sequel in 2017. Here is one trailer for Red Dead Redemption:

The cost for each course is $396.46 (CDN), which at the current US exchange rate is approximately $293 (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 course, one that matches an interest in the Western genre, films and/or video games, I hope to see you on the digital trail!

(As well….a happy holiday to all those who have taken the time to visit this site!)

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 (Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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