Concept: The human-animal relationship is a highly complex phenomenon. Our connection runs the gamut from treasured family “fur-baby” to barbeque favorite. Across cultures all over the world, the complexities are clear, and interestingly, can change dramatically from one culture to the next. One culture’s key religious icon is another’s rodeo bull.
This course is designed to allow you to explore the complex relationship humans share with other animals and nature. We will study the early history of animal domestication and of animals’ influence on human culture and religion. We will also explore the ethical implications of our more recent relationships to animals as pets, food, research subjects, and wildlife.