Georgia College & State University
Animal ethics? Do animals (other than the human ones) have ethics? Isn’t that something distinctively human? Could our human ethical systems, just like our physical bodies, have naturally evolved from animal origins? If animals indeed do have at least the rudimentary building blocks for an ethic, what does that mean in terms of our ethical treatment of them? Do animals count morally? If so, how and to what extent? These are some of the questions we will explore together this semester. We will explore the ethical aspects of animals’ interactions with each other as well as our interactions with them (we are animals too, after all). We will explore the ethical implications of some of the main ways that we humans utilize other animals: for food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research. Do we humans have a moral right to utilize animals in these ways? We will look for answers in some of our various philosophical and religious traditions from around the world.
Georgia State University
Representations of Animals
In this course we will engage with newly-emerging academic work in the field of anthrozoology (human-animal studies). I am interested (and I hope you will be, too!) in what happens when human and nonhuman animals collide in the realm of culture. I strongly encourage you to make connections between anthrozoology and whatever existing interests and expertise you’re developing in your graduate program; this shouldn’t be too difficult, as animals are everywhere. Anthrozoology as a literary methodology reiterates the template of Marxist and feminist theory: as feminist critics, for example, look at a text and find the sublimated or oppressed presence and importance of women, or Marxists look at culture through the lens of class, anthrozoologists look at our cultural practices and texts informed by the workings of ecology, and . . . . all sorts of important things start to happen when we focus in on the decentered other (i.e., the animal).
Senior Seminar in Ecocriticism
The topic/methodology that we’ll be studying is ecocriticism. Short definition: ecologically-inspired analysis of culture; longer definitions to be developed as we read and write. I will talk about my work in ecocriticism, and my sense of how it functions as a discipline and what it can and should do within and beyond the academy.
In this course, we will explore some crucial questions about our relationships with animals. How do we understand them? What are our responsibilities to they? Should we eat them? Why do we develop emotional attachments to them. Animals are a perfect other, a sentient entity with whom we cannot directly communicate, so we project ideas and attitudes onto them.
University of North Georgia
Animals & Society
Jenny R. Vermilya
This course serves as a study into the category of “animal” as a social construct and the relationship between humans and non-human animals, which produces consequences of difference and subsequent inequality. The prerequisite for this class is SOCI 1101 as this material is meant to build upon foundational sociological knowledge learned in that course. We will be utilizing different sociological perspectives to examine the social patterns, processes, and institutions that establish our lived experiences with non-human animals.
Ethics And Animals
This course will provide an overview of the current debates about the nature and extent of our moral obligations to animals. Which, if any, uses of animals are morally wrong, which are morally permissible (i.e., not wrong) and why? What, if any, moral obligations do we, individually and as a society (and a global community), have towards animals and why? How should animals be treated? Why? We will explore the most influential and most developed answers to these questions – given by philosophers, scientists, and animal advocates and their critics – to try to determine which positions are supported by the best moral reasons. Topics include: general theories of ethics and their implications for animals, moral argument analysis, general theories about our moral relations to animals, animal minds, and the uses of animals for food, clothing, experimentation, entertainment, hunting, as companions or pets, and other purposes. Students will write a number papers that develop positions on theoretical and practice issues concerning ethics and animals, giving reasons for their support, or defending themselves from possible objections and criticisms.
University of Georgia
Humans and Animals in Society
The purpose of the first-year seminar program is to explore a topic of academic and personal interest in a small classroom environment. This particular freshman seminar will be concerned with exploring various aspects of the complex relationships between human and non-human animals, ranging from the bond we have with pets, to the ethics of animal research and experimentation, to animal abuses and cruelty, all the while trying to understand how these various behaviors can all co-exist. We will explore these issues from a psychological perspective, and look at how our broader cultural assumptions and norms affect our views on these issues. Healthy debate, disagreement, and discussion are all expected in this course; students will be expected to be actively involved in class discussion each week.