This module critically examines the historical role that animals have played in the making of modern society and the current nature of human/nonhuman relations in contemporary cultures. Students will also be introduced to intersections of race/class/gender and species. The final part of the course considers collective action and social policy as it relates to past and present efforts to challenge problematic aspects of human/nonhuman relations.
This module appears in the following module collections.
Method of assessment
Coursework - Essay (2,000 words) - 50%
Examination - (2 hours) - 50%
Potts, A. Ed. 2016. Meat Culture. Leiden: Brill.
Arluke, A. and C. Sanders. 1996. Regarding Animals: Animals, Culture, and Society. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Cudworth, E. 2011. Social Lives with Other Animals. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
DeMello, M. 2012. Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Irvine, L. 2004. If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection with Animals. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Nibert, D. 2002. Animal Rights, Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
Nibert, D. 2013. Animal Oppression and Human Violence. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Peggs, K. 2012. Animals and Sociology. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Taylor, N. and R. Twine. 2015. The Rise of Critical Animal Studies: From the Margins to the Centre. London: Routledge.
Wrenn, C. 2016. A Rational Approach to Animal Rights. London: Palgrave.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Think critically and sociologically about human relationships with other animals
- Recognise intersections with Nonhuman Animals and oppressed human groups
- Develop skills in understanding and evaluating current policies, social movements, and societal values pertaining to Nonhuman Animals
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Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
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