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Human-Animal Studies: Courses in Rhetoric

Rhetoric Overview

This is a list of colleges and universities around the world who provide courses for Rhetoric in relation to the human-animal relationship.  This includes the name of the college, the name of the course, who is teaching the course, and brief description of the Rhetoric course that the instructor will be covering.


James Madison University

Rhetorics of the Animal: Humans, Dolphins, and other People.

Alex Parrish

In this course we will explore the ways various peoples have defined the human, as opposed to an animal other. What it is to be a human, a person, and an animal is not static; these definitions change over time and across cultures. What is universal, though, is the idea of a boundary between human and animal, and the ways we define either category helps define the other. Rhetorics of the Animal will feature readings from the history of rhetoric, biology, biosemiotics, literature, art history, and philosophy. Assignments will include creative work, presentation, and a research component.


University of Iowa

First Year Seminar: Dogs Inside and Out.

Mary Trachsel

Texts include Man Meets Dog by Konrad Lorenz, and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz, and students will complete a final project during which they will pursue a question of interest about dogs-anything from how dogs interact with each other and with humans at the dog park, to how dogs are represented in adolescent literature, or the position of dogs in specific communities.

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