HONORS 230 - Honors Core in Social Science
Section: 001 Living with Animals
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
Honors
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Much human social life involves interactions with non-human animals or interactions with other humans about animals. This course creates a space to explore those interactions. In it, we think about broad questions connected to the fundamental distinctions many humans draw between themselves and other animals and about the nature of our relationships with those other animals. These questions range from humans' early history with other species; how we decide which animals are friends, which are pests, and which are food; in what sense we can own animals; how we understand (or don't) animals’ lives and experiences; how we domesticate some species and not others; how we communicate with other animals; whether other species inherently have rights; how humans come to work in partnership with other species; and how human emotional lives are affected by our relationships with animals. We'll read about and investigate these questions together, drawing on a range of disciplines such as anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, sociology, economics, anthrozooology, and psychology. As we do, we’ll discuss, argue, and write about what it means for humans to share our social worlds with animals. As a fundamentally interdisciplinary course, we touch on some classically "humanistic" concerns, such as the nature of visual and textual representation, and some classically "natural science" concerns, such as the biological foundations of cognition. First and foremost, though, the course uses a social scientific lens, pushing you to observe, interpret and analyze social behavior involving humans and other species in a wide-variety of contexts. In addition to our discussions together, guest speakers will discuss current issues related to human-animal relationships and we’ll take field trips to spaces where humans and animals interact.

Please be aware this class will occasionally deal with unpleasant and troubling topics (e.g., killing animals, laboratory testing on animals, industrial agriculture), and these issues can create strong emotions. While everyone is encouraged to express their opinion in this class — and I hope this material will stimulate debates and discussion — we’ll all need to be aware that each of us has different levels of discomfort around different topics and commit to being respectful, even while critically engaged, with one another.

In this course you’ll manage how we assess your progress through the course by choosing some activities and skipping others. Throughout the term, you’ll choose activities that have an associated number of points. Many of the activities you choose also allow you to determine how much of the activity you want to do, with different earning opportunities for different degrees of activity.

Organizing the course this way gives you a lot of freedom but also a lot of responsibility in managing how your performance is assessed. Except in cases of emergency, there are no make-ups, re-dos, or extra credit. You’ll earn points most easily by being critically engaged with the course material, with us and with your classmates; front-loading your course work early in the term; and treating low stakes activities as weekly homework. Life will be easiest in this course with steady progress throughout the term rather than heightened activity at a few points. We reward engagement. Engagement of course starts face-to-face, so at the very least, we assume you’ll to come to lecture and to section.

Intended Audience:

First- and second-year students in LSA Honors Program

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion

HONORS 230 - Honors Core in Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture 001 when they elect one of discussions 002-009.
002 (DIS)
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27289
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2LSA HONORS Y1 AND Y2
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture 001 when they elect one of discussions 002-009.
003 (DIS)
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27290
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5LSA HONORS Y1 AND Y2
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture 001 when they elect one of discussions 002-009.
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27291
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture 001 when they elect one of discussions 002-009.
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27329
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2LSA HONORS Y1 AND Y2
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture 001 when they elect one of discussions 002-009.
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27330
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1LSA HONORS Y1 AND Y2
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture 001 when they elect one of discussions 002-009.
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27331
Closed
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture 001 when they elect one of discussions 002-009.
008 (DIS)
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34595
Open
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5LSA HONORS Y1 AND Y2
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture 001 when they elect one of discussions 002-009.
009 (DIS)
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34596
Open
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8LSA HONORS Y1 AND Y2
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture 001 when they elect one of discussions 002-009.
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ISBN: 0231152957
Animals and Society - An Introduction to Human-Animal : Studies, Author: Margo DeMello., Publisher: Columbia university press 2012
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