About this Specialization

Animals matter for human existence in so many ways that it is difficult to imagine the entity we call “society” without them. They figure heavily in our language, food, clothing, family structure, economy, education, entertainment, science, recreation, and other areas of social life. In this specialization, we will investigate a range of topics, many of them controversial. Although this is a sociology course, the field of human-animal studies is interdisciplinary. Many of the suggested readings come from fields outside of sociology, but this specialization emphasizes their sociological relevance throughout each course.
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Beginner Level
Approximately 3 months to complete
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English
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approximately 3 months to complete
Suggested pace of 1 hour/week
English

There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Animals, Self, and Society

4.7
stars
52 ratings
16 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Animals and Institutions

4.9
stars
20 ratings
6 reviews
Course3

Course 3

The Changing Status and Perception of Animals

4.8
stars
25 ratings
5 reviews

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University of Colorado Boulder

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