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.
In this module, you will examine the role of animals in human health well being.
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.
In this module, you will explore how ideas about the moral status of animals support claims for better welfare or rights.