Honors | People and Animals (COLL)
E104 | 26290 | Laura Scheiber
Lecture MW 10:10-11:00am, Discussion Th 3:35-4:25pm
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-
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 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