Accueil > Animals and human society


Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The focus of the course is an exploration of animals in human society including the range of moral, philosophical and scientific debates in which animals play a role today. For example, during the 2014 Ebola crisis, $27,000 was spent to save one infected Nurse's dog – was this expense justified? Why do we collectively care about some animals more than some humans? We will also discuss issues related to eating animals and global food production as well as the global consequences of the world's rapidly diminishing species. We will pay special attention to the intersection between animals and political issues. This course is designed to be writing intensive. In addition to two at-home writing assignments, we will devote class-time to reading and writing in a variety of genres, as well as editing drafts of completed writing.


HURLEY, Karinna (PhD in Human Development)

Course validation

20% class participation & preparation ; 20% in-class writing ; 40% at-home writing ; 20% final exam.

Required reading

  • Scott Walker, allergic to dogs, may run against political history, The New York Times, 2015
  • The US meat industry's wildly successful, 40-year crusade to keep its hold on the American diet, Quartz, 2015
  • Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, The Guardian, 2014
  • South Africa considers legalizing the domestic rhino horn trade, NPR, 2017
  • Poachers break into Paris zoo, shoot rhino dead and steal it's horn, The Independent, 2017

Additional required reading

Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace