Living-Learning Center | Animals, Society, Anml Advocacy
L200 | 9690 | Wilson

In this service-learning course we will examine the important role that animals
play in human society and reflect on why animals matter to us.  The course
will be divided into three segments: cross-cultural representations of animals
in folklore and popular culture, the animal welfare and rights movements, and
attitudes about animals as they relate to nature and the environment.
Students will fulfill the service requirement by committing to work for the
Bloomington Animal Shelter or the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in
Centerpoint, Indiana. A central goal of the class is to enable students to
become more conscious of the ways that humans think about and interact
with animals and to learn about the practical issues that animal advocacy
organizations face. Another goal is to encourage students to become more
sensitive to the positions and perspectives of others, especially as they relate
to differing cultural attitudes regarding animals.