21H.909J / 21H.969J / 21A.390J / 21A.835J People and Other Animals, Fall 2010
People and Other Animals
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This class provides a historical survey of the ways that people have interacted with their closest animal relatives, for example: hunting, domestication of livestock, exploitation of animal labor, scientific study of animals, display of exotic and performing animals, and pet keeping. Themes include changing ideas about animal agency and intelligence, our moral obligations to animals, and the limits imposed on the use of animals.
people, animals, hunting, domestication, livestock, animal labor, scientific experimentation, pets, zoos, selective breeding, vivisection, vegetarian, animal cruelty, poaching, conservation, cloning, colonialism, imperialism, mad cow disease, taxidermy, natural history museum, ethology, primatology, animal welfare, biodiversity