Honors | People and Animals (COLL)
E104 | 26053 | Laura Scheiber


Lecture MW 10:10-11:00am
Discussion W 4:00-4:50pm

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.

The honors college section of COLL E104 will meet for a weekly
discussion section in which students will have an opportunity to
participate in more critical assessments of case studies and in a
rotation through the Indiana University Zooarchaeology Laboratory.
Students will also become participant observers at local sites of
people-animal interaction, which may include the Monroe County
humane society, PALS (people and animal learning services), and the
Indianapolis Zoo.