21H.380J | Fall 2013 | Undergraduate, Graduate
People and Other Animals
Course Description
This course is a historical exploration 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 …
This course is a historical exploration 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. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments.
Learning Resource Types
assignment Written Assignments
A beaver in a pond, chewing on a submerged leaf.
A North American beaver in its native habitat. (Photo from the U.S. National Park Service.)