This course dwells within the emergent field of animal studies, and will consider a diverse range of human relationship to other animals. The foundation of the course is a contemporary, post-Cartesian vision of animals, with an emphasis on the relational knowledge that is made about, and between humans and other animals from a cultural and environmental studies perspective. The course enables students to develop a creative and rigorous engagement with some of the complex dimensions of such issues as: the historical and philosophical scope of animal studies; animal agency, sociality and consciousness; animal representations in literature, the arts and popular culture; animal advocacy, social movements and humane education; and animal questions in science and technology. Prerequisite: Third-year or fourth- year standing or by permission of the instructor.
Previously Titled: Human/Non-Human Animal Relations.
Programs: Environmental Arts & Justice