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SOCY 3360 Animals and Society (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This course considers the social implications of the roles of animals in human societies. We will examine human-animal interactions in historical context and also contemporary social constructions of animals and the human/animal boundary. We will consider several human-animal interactions, such as the use of animals in commerce, scientific research, and pet-keeping, and the implications of such practices on human society. We will also examine links between animal cruelty and human-on-human violence, and how the abuse of animals may reflect or even contribute to systems of oppression and inequality. Finally, this course will explore shifting attitudes, norms, and practices toward animals.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Liz Tov
The Department

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17