COLL-E 104 26052 People and Animals (Scheiber) (3 cr.) (Fall) (S & H)

Are we as humans 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. Portions of the course will be devoted to food and identity; hunting and herding; domestication; pets as companions; symbolism in art and culture; use of animals as laborers, in captivity, and on display; origins of the American conservation movement; ethics of medical research; animals as pathways of disease; and human interactions with living primates. This course will include contemporary examples from across the globe, as well as historical examples in Native North America, Native South America, Southeast Asia, and Ice Age Europe. 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. Sections will include discussions, debates, and hands- on components.

This class is approved for credit for the Anthropology Minor, Science and Social Medicine Minor, and as a College of Arts and Sciences Topics Course.