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University of Colorado Boulder

The Changing Status and Perception of Animals

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera


In this course, we explore how mainstream understandings of animals and human-animal relationships have changed in recent years. Module 1 focuses on the roles of animals in human physical health and psychological well being. Module 2 explores animal selfhood, particularly in light of their inability to use spoken language. Finally, Module 3 examines some of the collective efforts undertaken when the treatment or use of animals comes to be seen as inhumane, immoral, and worthy of ameliorative social action.


  • Healing
    • In this module, you will examine the role of animals in human health well being.
  • Selfhood
    • In this module, you will critique conventional perspectives on animals as lacking inner lives and consider evidence of emotions and a sense of self among animals.
  • Animal Rights
    • In this module, you will explore how ideas about the moral status of animals support claims for better welfare or rights.

Taught by

Leslie Irvine

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