We Animals

HNR 340 - We Animals

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2019
Class #: 32465
Section: M001
Credits: 3

Robert, William

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Interdisciplinary, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
TuTh 5:00pm-6:20pm


Course Description:

What might it mean to recognize ourselves as animals? What if we give up our usual anthropocentrism and really embrace our kinships with cats, dogs, donkeys, birds, and other nonhumans? How might doing so change who “we” are, and who can count as part of that “we”? In this course, we’ll examine these questions, our responses to them, and their ethical and political implications. We’ll do so across disciplines, drawing into our conversations materials from animal studies, science studies, philosophy, religion, and literature. These conversations will involve reimagining “we”—who “we” are and how “we” live—by reconceiving limits and relations of human and nonhuman animals. They’ll also lead us to reconsider diversity and inclusivity without our (often unquestioned) humanistic privilege. That will mean exploring how thinking and talking about species differences can affect how we think and talk about ability, race, gender, sexuality, and other differences.