21H.909 People and Other Animals

As taught in: Fall 2005

A beaver swimming.

Beaver. (Courtesy of The National Park Service.)




Prof. Harriet Ritvo

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list. This course also features archived syllabi from various semesters.

Course Description

A historical survey of the ways that people have interacted with their closest animal relatives, for example: hunting, domestication of livestock, worship of animal gods, exploitation of animal labor, scientific study of animals, display of exotic and performing animals, and pet keeping. Themes include changing ideas about animal agency and intelligence, our moral obligations to animals, and the limits imposed on the use of animals.