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Human-Animal Studies: Courses in Political Science

Political Science Overview

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


University of California, Irvine

The Politics of Animal Rights.

Claire Kim

This course examines the animal rights/welfare movement’s efforts to transform the moral, practical, and legal standing of nonhuman animals in the contemporary U.S. Topics to be covered include: philosophical debates about the moral status of animals; current knowledge about animal minds and emotions; factory farming; the use of animals in scientific experimentation and product testing; the use of animals for human entertainment; the ethics of vegetarianism and veganism; competing ideologies and strategies within the animal rights/welfare movement; and the connections among speciesism, sexism, and racism.

Race, Gender, Species.

Claire Kim

This class examines the intersections among race, gender, and species in Western culture.  Questions to be addressed include: How have the categories of race, gender, and species been constructed and reproduced in intimate relation to one another?  How have bodies categorized as nonwhite, nonmale, and/or nonhuman been imagined, exploited, and subjugated historically?  To what degree and in what ways has the domestication of nonhuman animals served as the template for modes of treatment toward nonwhites and women?  What are the connections (or lack thereof) among justice struggles on behalf of groups of color, women, and nonhuman animals today?  What happens when these justice struggles collide and proponents of racial equality, sex equality, and species equality find themselves at odds?  Do ecological perspectives offer a way to integrate these struggles or do they in fact work against some or all of them?


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