Non-human animals have been represented in various forms of media throughout history.  From ancient instances of cave  paintings to the plethora of modern day visual media, images of ”the animal” have consistently been produced by all human societies, and for a variety of complex purposes.  This course traces key instances of animal portrayal through different epochs, with emphasis on identifying the ways in which humans interact with, and maintain, relationships with animals through their mediated image. Drawing upon inter-disciplinary theoretical viewpoints that explore the subject of the animal and humans’ conceptions of them, we examine and question potential motivations and consequences involved in interacting with animals via their presentation as emblems, friends, companions, humanized characters, and wild others.

Examination of visual media is key to the course and students are expected to contribute visual examples to the online course blog for collective analysis, as well as co-creation of an online digital journal.

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Visit the final projects:  Animal Instances