Animals & Us
Tuesday/Friday 12:30pm – 2:20pm
Office: O’Connor 336
Office Hours: Mon/Wed 10:30 – 12:30 or by appointment
Phone: (508) 626-4864
Why do we love some animals yet despise others? Why do people who salivate over hot dogs consider it unthinkable to eat their own puppy? This course explores the roles non-human animals play in our lives. We consider the social origins of our attitudes toward other species, as well as how we balance the idea that animals exist for our benefit with the notion of animal rights.
There are two books to purchase. They are available at the campus bookstore and can also be found online:
Hal Herzog, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat. New York: HarperCollins, 2010.
Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. San Francisco: Conari Press, 2010.
All other readings are linked below on the syllabus.
*Please bring assigned readings to class. For those that are online, either print them or access them electronically in class via your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
As a way of facilitating rich discussions, you are to post on Blackboard in advance of most classes. The dates when a reading response is due are listed on the schedule below.
Please post no later than 7am on the due date. I will not give full credit for late posts, and will give no credit for posts made after 12pm. Your write-up should have two parts:
- A 2-3 paragraph critique of the reading, which differs from a summary. Whereas a summary highlights main points in the reading, a critique takes the discussion in a direction of your choosing. It explores themes or issues the reading raised for you. There are several ways you can frame your critique.
— Something you found interesting and why.
— Something you found confusing and why.
— An important topic left unexplored.
— Strengths/weaknesses of a study’s methodology.
— How a concept or idea applies to your own life.
- Raise 2 or more questions for our class discussion. These should not be “yes/no” questions but instead “how” or “why” questions, since these generate more discussion.
I understand sometimes there are justifiable reasons for missing a class. However, if you miss more than two it will affect your grade. If you have to be absent, please let me know. There is no need to give me a doctor’s note. It is your responsibility to catch up on material you missed.
GRADING AND EVALUATION:
Your final grade will be based on the following:
Given the Sociology Department’s commitment to maintaining the highest academic standards, students should be aware of the University’s policies concerning academic honesty, which are stated in the undergraduate catalog: “Integrity is essential to academic life. Consequently, students who enroll at Framingham State University agree to maintain high standards of academic honesty and scholarly practice. They shall be responsible for familiarizing themselves with the published policies and procedures regarding academic honesty.” Infractions include plagiarism, cheating on exams and quizzes, unauthorized collaboration with other students, and submitting work in more than one course for academic credit without prior approval of the instructor. The FSU Catalog defines plagiarism as “claiming as one’s own work the published or unpublished literal or paraphrased work of another.” Penalties for academic dishonesty may include receiving a failing grade for the course, academic suspension, and dismissal from the University.
HOW WE THINK ABOUT ANIMALS
Fri, September 2nd
Tues, September 6th
*READ: Hal Herzog, “The Importance of Being Cute.” Pp. 37-65 in Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat. New York: HarperCollins, 2010. This is one of the books required for purchase.
*READING RESPONSE #1 DUE
Fri, September 9th
*READING RESPONSE #2 DUE
Tues, September 13th
*READ: Melanie Joy, “To Love or to Eat?” and “Carnism: It’s Just the Way Things Are.” Pp. 11-35 in Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. San Francisco: Conari Press, 2010. This is one of the books required for purchase.
*READING RESPONSE #3 DUE
Fri, September 16th
*READ: Hal Herzog, “The Moral Status of Mice: The Use of Animals in Science.” Pp. 205-35 in Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat. New York: HarperCollins, 2010. This is one of the books required for purchase.
*READING RESPONSE #4 DUE
Tues, September 20th
*READ: Hal Herzog, “The Cats in Our Houses, The Cows on Our Plates.” Pp. 237-62 in Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat. New York: HarperCollins, 2010. This is one of the books required for purchase.
*READING RESPONSE #5 DUE
THE FACTORY FARMING OF MEAT
Fri, September 23rd
*READ: Melanie Joy, “The Way Things Really Are.” Pp. 37-72 in Why We Love Dogs… This is one of the books required for purchase.
*WATCH: At least one of the videos here – found within “Investigations” at the top (You can still access “Investigations” even though the link I’ve provided may take you to a page that says “We’re sorry but this page has moved.”
*READING RESPONSE #6 DUE
Tues, September 27th
*READ: Melanie Joy, Collateral Damage: The Other Casualties of Carnism.” Pp. 73-93 in Why We Love Dogs… This is one of the books required for purchase.
*READING RESPONSE #7 DUE
Fri, September 30th
*READ: Melanie Joy, Melanie Joy, “The Mythology of Meat: Justifying Carnism,” “Through the Carnistic Looking Glass: Internalized Carnism,” and “Bearing Witness: From Carnism to Compassion.” Pp. 95-150 in Why We Love Dogs… This is one of the books required for purchase.
*READING RESPONSE #8 DUE
Tues, October 4th
No class – Rosh Hashanah
Fri, October 7th
*READING RESPONSE #9 DUE
Tues, October 11th
*READ: Vasile Stanescu, “Crocodile Tears, Compassionate Carnivores, and the Marketing of ‘Happy Meat.’” Pp. 216-33 in Critical Animal Studies. Edited by John Sorenson. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2014.
*READING RESPONSE #10 DUE
*Audrey Kali, Professor of Communication Arts who is making a film about compassionate carnivorism, will be our guest.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: ANIMALS AS PETS
Fri, October 14th
*READ: Hal Herzog, “Pet-O-Philia: Why Do Humans (And Only Humans) Love Pets?” and “Friends, Foes, and Fashion Statements.” Pp. 67-128 in Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat. New York: HarperCollins, 2010. This is one of the books required for purchase.
*READING RESPONSE #11 DUE
Tues, October 18th
*READING RESPONSE #12 DUE
Fri, October 21st
*READING RESPONSE #13 DUE
Tues, October 25th
*READING RESPONSE #14 DUE
Fri, October 28th
*SHOWN IN CLASS: “Dogs on the Inside”
Tues, November 1st
*SHOWN IN CLASS: “The Elephant in the Living Room”
VIEWING WILDLIFE IN A WORLD OF ENDANGERED SPECIES
Fri, November 4th
Tues, November 8th
*READING RESPONSE #16 DUE
Fri, November 11th
No class – Veterans Day
Tues, November 15th
No class – I need to go to a funeral.
Fri, November 18th
*READING RESPONSE #17 DUE
Tues, November 22nd
*READING RESPONSE #18 DUE
Fri, November 25th
No class – Thanksgiving break
Tues, November 29th
*SHOWN IN CLASS: “Blackfish”
Fri, December 2nd
*READ: Warwick Frost, “Zoos as Tourist Attractions: Theme Parks, Protected Areas, or Museums?.” Pp. 121-30 in Zoos and Tourism: Conservation, Education, Entertainment. Buffalo, NY: Channel View Publications, 2011.
*READ: Stephen Wearing and Chantelle Jobberns, “Ecotourism and the Commodification of Wildlife: Animal Welfare and the Ethics of Zoos.” Pp. 47-58 in Zoos and Tourism: Conservation, Education, Entertainment. Buffalo, NY: Channel View Publications, 2011.
*READING RESPONSE #19 DUE
Tues, December 6th
*READING RESPONSE #20 DUE
Fri, December 9th
*READING RESPONSE #21 DUE
Tues, December 13th
Tues, December 20th