The Changing Status and Perception of Animals (Coursera)

The Changing Status and Perception of Animals (Coursera)
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The Changing Status and Perception of Animals (Coursera)
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.

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What You Will Learn

- Describe components of the core self found in dogs and cats.

- Summarize how research on emotions in animals challenges anthropocentrism

- Distinguish between animal welfare and animal rights positions.

- Evaluate studies of the influence of animals on human health and well being.


Course 3 of 3 in the Animals and Society Specialization.


Syllabus


WEEK 1

Healing

In this module, you will examine the role of animals in human health well being.


WEEK 2

Selfhood

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.


WEEK 3

Animal Rights

In this module, you will explore how ideas about the moral status of animals support claims for better welfare or rights.



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