Animals and Society in East Asia (SoSe 2018)

Sommersemester 2018

Animals and Society in East Asia (SoSe 2018)

"Animals and Society in East Asia"

(Summer Semester 2018)


by Alisha Gao


Weekly on Thursday 14:00-16:00

Room: PEG 1.G 165, Campus Westend



The emergence of the field of human-animal studies is a testament to the recent ‘animal turn’ in social science studies. Social scientists are exploring the implications of human-animal relations in societies by investigating such topics as, urbanization and pet-keeping, animals in industrial agriculture, and the use of animal figures in popular culture. This course will provide a window into this ‘animal turn’ by examining the significance of animals to East Asian political society, including Japan and South Korea, with a focus on China. It will address the philosophical debates concerning the proper role and treatment of animals in human society, and their impact on changing human-animal relationships. As a reflection of the interdisciplinary ‘animal turn’ in social sciences, the course will outline cultural, philosophical, religious and historical influences to contextualize the policies concerning human-animal relations in East Asia. By the end of the course, students will have gained a new perspective of East Asian politics through the critical evaluation of societal values, social movements and policies concerning animals. 

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