SOC 206 - Animals and Society
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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This course is designed to examine sociologically the relationships that exist between humans and other non-human animals. Since its birth in Europe in the 19th century, sociology has focused almost exclusively on human-to-human interactions largely ignoring the nature and significance of the human-animal relationship. However, in the last decade, this relationship has received much public attention. Scholars from all disciplines are focusing on the nature, the significance, and the implications of the human-animal relationship. Animals are being placed back into the core of the sociological agenda. In an effort to fundamentally rethink the relationship between human beings and non-human animals, this course will explore some of the legal, ethical, cultural, political, ecological, and social issues that underlie the concerns for and against animal rights and protections. We will examine the use of animals for experimentation, food, entertainment, work, and their furs, and the consequences of such practices on the well-being of animals as well as its impact on society, its industries, and institutions. Different perspective on animal rights and animal welfare will be presented and a comparative analysis of human and animal rights and abuses will be attempted so as to be able to trace whether the abuse and exploitation of animals may be inextricably related to the oppression of human groups. We will examine how the use and abuse of animals in American society may perpetuate unequal and oppressive human-to-human relationships such as racism, sexism, and class privilege. This pilot course is an effort to incorporate animals into the mainframe of sociological analysis. We will use sociological concepts and perspectives to make sense of the history of human-animal relations. Contributions from ethics, religion, philosophy, science, ecology, and the arts will also be included as part of our reflections on these issues.

SOC 206 - Animals and Society
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9780205594931
Between the species : a reader in human-animal relationships, Author: Arnold Arluke, Clinton Sanders., Publisher: Allyn and Bacon 1st ed. 2008
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