California and the West

History 127AC

Fall 2005
Instructor: 
Klein
Location: 
155 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-3:30
CCN: 
39337
Units: 
Units
  • This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
  • This course traces the history of California from the Paleo-Indian past to the postindustrial present. What, though, is California? Bumperstickers tell us ";California is a State of Mind."; Is California a collective hallucination? Is it just so many lines on a map? A simple collection of whatever lunatics are here at the moment? Or is California greater than the sum of its parts? We will use such questions to help us understand California as both place and process. The course will consist of two papers, each six to eight pages in length, and a comprehensive final examination. The readings should be completed prior to the week for which they are assigned.