AP601 Animal Protection As A Social Movement

Course Description

This course looks at the animal protection movement in the context of social movement theories. The course will explore the ideas, activists, issues, strategies and organizations that comprise the animal protection movement. The course also examines the myriad of economic interests that oppose efforts to gain protections for companion animals, farm animals, wild animals, and animals in research. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify philosophies, issues, interests, and organizations that comprise the animal protection movement and its opponents historically and in the present day;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of social science literature on social movements and apply these theories to the animal protection movement; and
  • Analyze and critique political contests over animal issues.

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Social Movement Concepts and Theories
  • History of the Animal Protection Movement Before 1945
  • History of the Animal Protection Movement Post-World War II
  • Ideas and Organizations of the Modern Animal Protection Movement
  • Opponents of Animal Protection
  • Social Movement Strategies: Public Education, Direct Service, and Protests
  • Social Movement Strategies: Policy Change Through Lobbying, Litigation, and Ballot Measures

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Beers, D. (2006). For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States. Athens, OH: Swallow Press.

    ISBN-10: 0804010870 ISBN-13: 978-0804010870 Approximate Retail Price: hardcover $33.20; paperback $19.57
  • Finsen, L., & Finsen, S. (1994). The animal rights movement in America: From compassion to respect. New York: Twayne Publishers.

    ISBN-10: 0805738843 ISBN-13: 978-0805738841 Approximate Retail Price: $39.99
  • Imhoff, D., ed. (2010). The CAFO reader: The tragedy of industrial animal factories. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

    ISBN-10: 0970950055 ISBN-13: 978-0970950055 Approximate Retail Price: $17.68
  • Meyer, D. S. (2006). The politics of protest: Social movements in America. New York: Oxford University Press.

    ISBN-10: 0195173538 ISBN-13: 978-0195173536 Approximate Retail Price: hardcover $99.56; paperback $36.53