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University of Colorado Boulder

Animals and Society

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera Specialization


Animals matter for human existence in so many ways that it is difficult to imagine the entity we call “society” without them. They figure heavily in our language, food, clothing, family structure, economy, education, entertainment, science, recreation, and other areas of social life. In this specialization, we will investigate a range of topics, many of them controversial. Although this is a sociology course, the field of human-animal studies is interdisciplinary. Many of the suggested readings come from fields outside of sociology, but this specialization emphasizes their sociological relevance throughout each course.


Course 1: Animals, Self, and Society
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. This course explores how animals and people are situated within the web of structures and ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Animals and Institutions
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. This course explores animals within the context of the functional relationships that sociologists ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: The Changing Status and Perception of Animals
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. In this course, we explore how mainstream understandings of animals and human-animal ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

Leslie Irvine


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