Environmental Studies 307: Beastly Modernity: Animals in the 19th Century

Credits 4
Credit Type
Semester Offered
Not Offered 2024-2025

Many people think that history has to be focused on humans. Furthermore, the modern era can seem like a period of minimal cohabitation with animals. However, many of the dramatic changes in the nineteenth-century world in the transition to modernity were irrevocably linked to the ways that humans interacted with, used, and thought about other animals. By investigating human history around the globe with an eye to the nonhuman actors within it, you will learn more about the different ways that humans relate to other animals and the importance of other living beings in human lives in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. This course considers the factors that shaped some of the most important trends in modern history, including: more extensive and faster transportation networks, modern urban design, scientific research, how nature is used as a resource, and the global increase in mass extinctions and invasive species. Class will be discussion-based, including in-class debates and a presentation of your final research paper. May be elected as History 307, but must be elected as Environmental Studies 307 to satisfy the Interdisciplinary course requirement for Environmental Studies majors.

Distribution Area
Students entering prior to Fall 2024: Social Sciences (SO DIST)