COAS | People and Animals
E104 | 0099 | Scheiber

Lecture 0099 9:30a-10:45a MW

Are we separate from animals or are we all in it together? In this course, students will explore how other cultures have addressed this question using archaeology, ethnography, historical texts, and literature. We will explore how people’s interactions with animals are varied and unique across cultures and through time, and how anthropologists specifically have tried to address these issues. Sections of the class will be devoted to food, cuisine, and ethnicity; domestication; symbolism in art and culture; use of animals for labor and companionship; captivity and zoos; and human interactions with living primates. This course will include contemporary examples from across the globe, as well as historical examples in Southeast Asia, Native North America, Native South America, and Ice Age Europe. The class will include lectures, weekly discussions, student presentations, and writing assignments. This course will be interdisciplinary in focus and will introduce students to perspectives on human interactions with animals within anthropology, archaeology, biology, zoology, history, and the humanities.