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Institution: Albion College, Albion, MI
Course Title: Animals & Human Societies (A/S 220)
Instructor: Molly H. Mullin, Department of Anthropology and Sociology,
317 Robinson Hall, 517-629-0432, [email protected]
Summary: Examines animal-human relationships in a cross-cultural, historical perspective. Considers the politics of classification, how animals have served as a mirror for human identities, how animal-human relationships can provide a convenient window from which to study human societies, and how ideas about animals and human-animal relationships have changed over time. Specific cases include cockfighting in Bali, rabies eradication and anti-vivisection campaigns in 19th century England, Sea World, slaughterhouses in France, and xenotransplantation in Sweden.

Institution: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Course Title: Humans and Animals
Instructor: Nerissa Russell, Dept. of Anthropology, 203 McGraw, 607-255-6790, Email: [email protected] . Spring 2007. Offered every 2-3 years.
Summary: Human-animal relationships are often seen in utilitarian, especially nutritional terms. This is especially true of the analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites. This course focuses on non-dietary roles of animals in human societies. We will explore a broad range of issues. Domestication involves not only the technical process of controlling animal movements and breeding, but requires a fundamental shift in the human perception of animals and their relationship to them. Are pets domestic animals in the same sense as animals that are eaten, or does their owners' relationship with them more closely resemble that of hunters with their prey? Do wild animals mean the same thing to hunter-gatherers and farmers who hunt? We will also consider the importance of animals as wealth, as objects of sacrifice, as totems (metaphors for humans), and as symbols in art. Meat has undeniable dietary value, but the social aspect of consumption is also important. Meat can be used in the context of such behaviors as feasting and meat sharing to create, cement, and manipulate social relationships. We will examine these issues primarily (but not exclusively) in the context of the ethnography and archaeology of the Old World with which the instructor is most familiar. View Course Syllabus

Institution: Goldsmiths College, University of London
Course Title: Anthropology of Animals (AN53037A/ AN71069A Syllabus 2004)
Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Cassidy, [email protected] Department of Anthropology
Summary: This course introduces students to the 'animal question' within anthropology and related disciplines. It will also review some of the classic examples of thinking about animals within anthropology. It will provide a background to current debates about animals that will enable students to contribute to arguments about classification, animal rights, biotechnology, and the desirable limits of human intervention in processes once thought of as residing in 'nature'. As such, it will demand that students make connections between anthropology, political philosophy, ethics, literary theory and science. View Course Syllabus

Institution: Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Myers, FL 33965

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Course Title: Humans and Animals (ANT 4930 Syllabus 2006)
Instructor: Dr. Michael McDonald, Associate Professor, 239-590-7212, [email protected]
Summary: While squarely within the traditional theoretical boundaries of anthropology, the course "Humans and Animals" considers human interactions with animals by synthesizing materials from four broad subfields: biological anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, and ethnology. The course allows students to meet their institution's service-learning requirement by asking them to volunteer their time and attention to an appropriate animal or human-and animal-centered program. The reading list and course show the breadth of topics that anthropology can apply to animal issues.

Institution: University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Course Title: Perspectives: Interrelationships of People and Animals in Society Today (UC 4301, CVM 6050, SACS 3050)
Instructors: Pam Hand, DVM, 612-625-3140, [email protected];
Cassia Drake, 612-729-1207, [email protected]
Summary: This course explores various aspects of the interrelationships of people and animals in society today, including the ecological, environmental, cultural, economic, social, psychological, and health/medical dimensions of these interrelationships. Multidisciplinary knowledge of how and why these factors interact is considered to be essential to a better understanding of what is often called the human-animal bond. The course is concerned with the ethical/moral dimension of human-animal interrelationships. Students will be introduced to different philosophical perspectives and moral positions on specific human-animal relationships and familiarized with certain processes of ethical decision-making. In this way, the course should prepare students to arrive at their own moral/ethical decisions with respect to people-animal relationships in their personal, professional or public life. Thus, this course aims:
1. To develop understanding of the issues involved in relationships between people and animals.
2. To engage in critical considerations of differing philosophical views regarding these issues.

Institution: Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Course Title: Anthrozoology
Instructor: Patricia K. Anderson, PhD. Office phone: 309-298-1108. Email:
[email protected]
Summary: This course examines how different cultural values, attitudes and ideas influence human perception of, and behavior toward, animals. It examines key topics such as the domestication of animals, the use of animals for food production and entertainment, the role of animals in religion and many other aspects of the relationship between animals and human society, such as the role of animals in art and literature, while addressing contemporary issues relating to animals.

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