Prof. Harriet Ritvo
21H.909J / 21H.969J / 21A.390J / 21A.835J
Undergraduate / Graduate
This course contains archived syllabi from various semesters.
This class provides a historical survey of the ways that people have interacted with their closest animal relatives, for example: hunting, domestication of livestock, exploitation of animal labor, scientific study of animals, display of exotic and performing animals, and pet keeping. Themes include changing ideas about animal agency and intelligence, our moral obligations to animals, and the limits imposed on the use of animals.
Ritvo, Harriet. 21H.909J People and Other Animals, Fall 2010. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/history/21h-909j-people-and-other-animals-fall-2010 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA