ANTH 352 - PEOPLE AND ANIMALS IN THE PAST
Long Title: PEOPLE AND ANIMALS IN THE PAST
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Course Type: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Description: This course asks students to consider the human as a special kind of animal, and the roles of other animals in our human worlds: as companions, spirits, artistic muses, laborers, and as sources of food, clothing, shelter, and tools. We examine how human-animal relationships have changed over time, and consider human impacts upon animals and environments at multiple scales: from continental and island colonizations, to local extirpations and global extinctions. While our scope is both geographically and temporally broad, specific case studies will be highlighted from Africa, Eurasia, North America, and the Pacific islands. The unifying thread among these case studies is a focus on lines of evidence, with the goal of exposing students to the diverse methods of archaeology: how can archaeologists determine the impacts of humans upon animals and vice versa, and how well are their interpretations supported by their data? Finally, we consider how knowledge of the past can help shape our approaches to animals and their environments today, with respect for the planet that we all share. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ANTH 552. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ANTH 205 Introduction to Archaeology Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ANTH 352 if student has credit for ANTH 552.