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This is a course about human relations with other animals. We begin by looking at how people have thought about humans and animals as both different and similar. Then we explore the history of relations through hunting, domestication and social attitudes, before examining ethical and political questions about welfare, rights and conservation. The course places a big emphasis on students debating ideas and thinking about their own relations with animals and is taught through a mixture of lectures, films and tutorials by staff from across the University.
|Second Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Animals have played a pivotal role throughout human history. They provide us with resources but are also companions, symbols and spectacles. This course explores human-animal relations by examining themes such as evolution, domestication, animal rights and welfare, pets and conservation. Through diverse disciplinary, historical and cultural perspectives, students are introduced to the complexity of human-animal relations, gaining deeper understandings of the differences and similarities between humans and animals, and developing a more informed appreciation of contemporary and historical issues in human-animal relations. Through tutorial work and assessments students are encouraged to think about their own relations with animals, whether those are with domestic or wild animals or through the media or the food they eat. The course is taught by staff from both biological and social sciences but will be of interest to anyone who is concerned about animals.
This course is only available to students registered in Programme Years 1 and 2.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%). Three online journals (30%), group tutorial minutes (30%), tutorial contribution (10%), Essay (30%).
Resit: Continuous assessment (100%). Two 1,500-word essays.
There are no assessments for this course.
Detailed feedback will be provided to students on their assessed work, with a particular emphasis on developing the skills outlined in the course aims. This will normally be given within two weeks of the submission of assignments.