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GCST2603: Animal/Human Cultures

This unit explores diverse sites of human/animal encounter: from the factory farm to the laboratory, from our intimate relations with pets to efforts to eradicate undesirable ‘pests’. It interrogates changing ideas in the sciences, popular culture, and cultural theory about animal life - their intelligence, sociality, reproduction, and more - as well as our relationships with animals and our ethical obligations to them. At stake here is not only how we treat other species, but also how our own human lives and possibilities - including our understandings of race, gender, and more - are shaped by shifting notions of ‘the animal’.

Code GCST2603
Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and explain key theories and concepts that pertain to the cultural dimensions of contemporary issues of animal-human relationships
  • LO2. effectively apply concepts and theories above to case studies and examples of more-than-human issues in personal, Australian, and transnational contexts
  • LO3. identify and critically assess the presentation of animal-human relationships as value-neutral or inevitable
  • LO4. analyse their own personal and ethical implication in matters of more-than-human lives according to the themes and theories explored in this unit
  • LO5. identify, research, and critically analyse specific more-than-human issues using theories and concepts learned in this unit, and produce a grounded and convincing argument vis-a-vis this issue
  • LO6. effectively communicate their research in a variety of ways, such as scholarly written text, oral presentation, and alternative formats (including grounded-speculative, policy or activist-oriented writing).

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.