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ENV 296P Animals and Society

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: Much of what we have known about animals is changing. We’re learning that, much like us, they have language, emotions, and intelligence. It’s not just companion animals that we have come to better understand; it’s animals on farms, in laboratories, and in the wild. Yet despite these advances in science, our society seems ambivalent to acknowledge their real value. Why? What’s at stake? "Animals & Society" is an AOK-1 course that stretches our everyday concepts of civic engagement and community to include the world of animals. You will hear interesting guest lectures, watch award-winning films, and experience first-hand what it is like to volunteer in the nonprofit world of animal advocacy. The writing assignments are engaging, and you will be expected to keep a portfolio of your work. Everyone is required to work a minimum of 16 hours at an organization whose central mission involves the welfare of animals. Last year, students worked at an organic farm, a wolf conservation center, and the Westchester SPCA shelter.


3 credits