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CHID 250 B: Special Topics: Introduction To The History Of Ideas

Exploring Human and Nonhuman Animal Bodies in Literature and Film

Meeting Time: 
M 2:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: 
SMI 105
SLN: 
12360
Instructor:
Nancy White Iff
Katie Gillespie

Syllabus Description:

The interests of human and nonhuman animals are sometimes at odds with one another and with the planet. Some animals are viewed (by humans) as sympathetic, others as valuable, and still others are viewed as pests. From resource allocation to food production to public policy, decisions are made based on human preferences and carried out by those with power. While the sovereignty of humans is often exerted over nonhuman animals, this course will also question the boundaries of the human body and its place “at the top of the food chain.” 

“Exploring Animal Bodies” will interrogate the role of bodies (human and nonhuman) in society by examining literary and filmic works in which they feature prominently. Some questions we will investigate are: Whose bodies are subjugated and whose are elevated? Why do we prefer certain bodies to others and what kinds of choices do we make based on those preferences? Where do our bodies end and where do others begin? Who exerts power over human and nonhuman bodies and to what end?

The syllabus for the course is available here: SYLLABUS - CHID 250 Fall 2015

 

Additional Details:

The interests of human and nonhuman animals are sometimes at odds with one  another and with the planet. Some animals are viewed (by humans) as sympathetic,  others as valuable, and still others are viewed as pests.  From resource allocation to  food production to public policy, decisions are made based on human preferences  and carried out by those with power. While the sovereignty of humans is often exerted over nonhuman animals, this course will also question the boundaries of the  human body and its place “at the top of the food chain.” “Exploring Animal Bodies” will interrogate the role of bodies (human and  nonhuman) in society by examining literary and filmic works in which they feature  prominently. Some questions we will investigate are: Whose bodies are subjugated  and who are elevated? Why do we prefer certain bodies to others and what kinds of choices do we make based on those preferences? Where do our bodies end and where do others begin? Who exerts power over human and nonhuman bodies and to what end?

Catalog Description: 
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:11am
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