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Human-Animal Studies: Courses in Global Studies

Global Studies Overview

This is a list of colleges and universities around the world who provide courses for Global Studies 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 Global Studies course that the instructor will be covering.


Appalachian State University

Animal Planet: Animal Encounters in the Age of Globalization

Jeanne Dubino

This course explores the ways globalization is altering the nature of human-animal encounters. We will examine many kinds of global encounters, including those arising from companionship (pets); travel, hunting, and sport; food and consumption (e.g., livestock); and science (e.g., lab animals). We will start by considering an especially modern way of engaging with animals-through the symbolic, the artistic, and the visual (representations and shows like Animal Planet and its spin-offs). As we enter the world’s sixth major species extinction, we will consider how, in the face of the decreasing diversity of species, we increasingly engage with animals through representations of them. We will look at a range of media from around the world that address how globalization affects and informs human-animal encounters: fiction, critical essays from a range of disciplines (ethology [animal behavior], anthropology, history, archeology, etc.), travel literature, TV series, movies, cartoons, stuffed animals, and more. Globalization is defined in part by increasing interconnectedness and interdependency, and animal studies are especially concerned with relationships, symbiosis, and environments. We will consider the interchanges between the local and the global; that is, some of the ways that local cultural attitudes toward animals are being affected by globalization, and how globalization is affecting localized beliefs and practices.

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