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Gone to the Dogs: Companion Animals in Social Sciences, Humanities and Medicine

Lori Yancura

Dogs are important in our society. Nearly 60% of U.S. households own a pet, most commonly a dog.1 The goal of this course is to explore the role of dogs in social science, medicine, and the humanities. Students will come away from the course with a basic understanding of dog care and training, research on the use of dogs and other companion animals in the educational settings, how dogs are used in psychological and physical therapy, and how dogs are represented in art and literature. Students will come away from this course with an increased ability to read literature from a variety of academic disciplines, stronger writing skills, and a better understanding of human animal interactions.

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