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Religion, Ethics and Animals

REL 214/CHV 215

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How have religious traditions addressed the relationship between human and non-human animals, and between non-human animals and the divine? What is the connection between representations of dominion over animals in religious texts, and the subjugation of women, the "racial" other, and marginalized peoples? Our focus will be on the ways in which non-human animals, real or imagined, have figured in the religious and moral traditions, as well as the cultural practices, of the Middle East and the west, from ancient times to the present. Course includes guest speakers and engagement with animal welfare groups that focus on religion/animal welfare.
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Section C01

  • Type: Class
  • Section: C01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 8
  • Capacity: 20
  • Class Number: 42699
  • Schedule: MW 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

Section P99

  • Type: Precept
  • Section: P99
  • Status: C
  • Enrollment: 0
  • Capacity: 0
  • Class Number: 42700