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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2007

ANT 324L • Human-Animal Relationships-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29930 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
epS 4.104

Course Description

This course introduces the complex relationships between human and animals in a cross-cultural perspective. Humans hunt, kill and eat animals, yet they also love, respect and protect them. Wild animals raid crops, attack livestock, and sometimes threaten people. We attribute emotions and intelligence to animals, we manipulate species, and we treat them as family members or symbolize them. Animals are friends or enemies; they are significant others, carriers of spiritual forces, or simply our companions. Drawing on case studies from different cultures, this course explores the world of pastoralists and hunter-gatherer societies, examines pet cultures, analyses animal symbolism in media and in environmentalism, introduces into the world of primatology and science, and so on& From a cultural perspective, this course is about the intimate and fascinating links between humans and animals. This course fulfils a substantial writing component.

Grading Policy

Grading: Participation 10% Minutes / 1p paper 10% Oral presentation / 4p paper 30% 4 1p papers 20% Final 10 p essay 30%


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