This subject explores the complex social relations between humans and non-human animals. It addresses diverse topics including social justice links, food, violence links, crime, health, therapy, welfare, science, conservation and the animal advocacy movement. Students are introduced to leading sociological perspectives that help make sense of our paradoxical relationships with non-human animals. The subject raises important questions like: How can we understand the contradictory ways in which humans relate to non-human animals? What do our relations with non-human animals tells us about core aspects of contemporary society, such as our health and well-being, conflict and violence, environmental challenges, and social injustices and inequalities? How can greater consideration for the lives of non-human animals be fostered? Through such questioning the subject tackles the mounting ethical, environmental, health, political and economic concerns about human relations with non-human animals.
No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.