AS300 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Animal Studies

Course Description

Animal Studies, a rapidly growing and evolving field, provides an interdisciplinary approach to examining the changing roles of animals in society, the evolution of human attitudes to other animals, and the animals themselves. This course draws upon the expertise of scholars in a sampling of the disciplines to examine what each contributes to Animal Studies and, in turn, what Animal Studies contributes to the disciplines considered. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of Animal Studies and of the growth of its interdisciplinary reach.
  • Identify the major issues different disciplines raise about the relationship of nonhuman animals and human animals.
  • Analyze how each discipline, independently and in concert can be used to educate humans about nonhumans and their obligations to nonhumans

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Biological perspectives
  • Geographical perspectives
  • Historical perspectives
  • Literary perspectives
  • Political perspectives
  • Sociological perspectives

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Beers, Diane. 2006. For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights, Activism in the United States. Athens: Ohio University Press.
  • Bekoff, Marc. 2007. Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect. Boston and London: Shambhala.
  • Bekoff, Marc and Cara Blessley Lowe, eds. 2007. Listening to Cougar. Boulder: University of Colorado Press.
  • Copeland, Marion. 2003. Cockroach. London: Reaktion Books.