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Instructor Info:Mark Feinstein
Office Extension x5551
TA Info:Sonya Greenberg
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 112
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 112

Domesticated animals - agricultural livestock such as sheep, cattle, pigs, and chickens as well as companion animals like dogs and cats - are of deep importance to human life. The primary focus of this course is on how domestication shapes the mental and behavioral characteristics of these animals. We also explore related issues in human-animal interaction, animal welfare, and agricultural practice. Learning, socialization, biological development, and evolution are central themes. In addition we undertake some comparative discussion of the wild counterparts of domesticated animals, explore the nature of feralization, and look at cases (like the elephant) which raise questions about how domestication is defined.

Evaluation Criteria:

Seminar participants will read several dozen papers from the professional scientific literature and are expected to play an active role in group discussion. For their final project students will grapple with a question of their own choosing in the form of a literature review, a critique of published work, or a study or proposal for a study of their own.