University of Colorado Boulder
Animals and Society Specialization
University of Colorado Boulder

Animals and Society Specialization

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Leslie Irvine

Instructor: Leslie Irvine

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What you'll learn

  • Account for the shifting roles and statuses of animals in society and their social, cultural, and ethical consequences 

  • Use key perspectives and concepts in the field of human/animal studies to explain the status of animals in contemporary society

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of considering animals in analyses of social issues

  • Analyze the socially constructed boundaries drawn between humans and animals and review their consequences

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Specialization - 3 course series

Animals, Self, and Society

Course 15 hours4.7 (114 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Demonstrate knowledge of how animals serve as symbols and metaphors in the media

  • Summarize the practices and interactions that allow for human-animal relationships

  • Identify the major factors that lead to animal abuse

  • Represent instances of human-wildlife conflict

Skills you'll gain

Category: Animal welfare
Category: Sociological concepts

Animals and Institutions

Course 25 hours4.8 (54 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Describe the status of animals used in research.

  • Identify the trends that led to modern industrial livestock production in the United States.

  • Determine the most appropriate roles of zoos in modern societies.

  • Identify dilemmas faced by veterinarians and animal shelter workers.

Skills you'll gain

Category: Animal welfare
Category: Sociological concepts

The Changing Status and Perception of Animals

Course 34 hours4.7 (48 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Describe components of the core self found in dogs and cats.

  • Summarize how research on emotions in animals challenges anthropocentrism

  •  Distinguish between animal welfare and animal rights positions.

  •  Evaluate studies of the influence of animals on human health and well being.

Skills you'll gain

Category: Animal welfare
Category: Sociological concepts

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Leslie Irvine
University of Colorado Boulder
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