ONLINE WESTERN COURSES SET FOR 2016 WINTER TERM

This post is to announce that 2016 Winter Term registration is now open for the two online Sault College courses taught by this writer; The Video Game West, and Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre. Launched in 2015, The Video Game West guides students thru an interactive exploration of the Western genre via the medium of video games. Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre is entering its seventh year and is a film-focused analysis of the genre.

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 Continuing Education department at Sault College – the college 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 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 the award-winning 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) – new film choices are added each year!

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, January 12th and students can register until January 19th. The cost for each class is $384.62 (CDN), which at the current US exchange rate is approximately $275 (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 @ cbeharriell@saultcollege.ca .

If you are looking for a different kind of flexible 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)

(Feature imaged on home page: tinypic.com)

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