Predators, Prey, Pets, and PETA: Changing Human-Animal Relationships|
Spring 2018 not offered
|Course Cluster: Animal Studies|
Animals are all around us--in homes and laboratories, farms and forests, zoos and supermarkets. We all know this. In fact, this seems so natural that the remarkable ways we incorporate animals into our lives often go unnoticed. What makes an animal a predator in one setting, prey in another? A companion to befriend or a trophy to fight over? This class explores human-animal relationships from a long-term perspective from prehistory to the present. Drawing on readings in archaeology, anthropology, psychology, biology, and other disciplines, we will examine an array of topics, including hunting, domestication, emotional attachments, taboos, scientific research and testing, and animal rights.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Bulliet, HUNTERS, HERDERS, AND HAMBURGERS: THE PAST AND FUTURE OF HUMAN-ANIMAL RELATIONSHIPS
DeMello, ANIMALS AND SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN-ANIMAL STUDIES
Herzog, SOME WE LOVE, SOME WE HATE, SOME WE EAT: WHY IT'S SO HARD TO THINK STRAIGHT ABOUT ANIMALS
Russell, SOCIAL ZOOARCHAEOLOGY: HUMANS AND ANIMALS IN PREHISTORY
We will also make use of additional book chapters and articles, documentary films, and other media.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Assignments for this class include an in-class presentation, a short writing assignment, and a final research paper.