FEATURED COURSES · FALL 2017

Thinking through History with Animals

Envir St 404/History 200


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Tue / Thur
2:30-3:45pm
3 credits


Fulfills Environmental Studies
Theme
UW Designations
Humanities Intermediate

Instructor

Elizabeth Hennessy
Elizabeth Hennessy
Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies
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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Animals are everywhere in human history, but are rarely credited as important historical players. In this class, we move animals to center stage. From the army of pigs that helped Hernando de Soto invade the southeastern United States to the dogs that pioneered space exploration, animals have changed the course of history.
 
You’ll learn about how human relationships with other animals have changed over time, from early domestication, through exploration and imperialism, to contemporary agriculture, development, and pet-keeping and conservation. We will explore these questions through a combination of class discussions, lectures, and first-hand animal encounters. You’ll complete mini-projects by conducting archival research and participant observation to investigate human-animal relationships in Madison and across the globe.


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