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Nancy L Kool
B CUSP 115
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core II: Individuals and Society

Addresses an important social issue through an interdisciplinary perspective, continues to build creative and critical skills, and focuses on the relationship between the individual and society. Offered: W.

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DC II: “Animal Being.” This course will explore the question of where to locate the line between the human animal and non-human animal species. How intelligent are animals? How is their consciousness different from our own? Western scientific and philosophic traditions have defined "animal" to emphasize the differences between "higher" human and "lower" non-human species. Recent empirical research in animal behavior and paleontology, however, consistently challenges the assumption of a stark divide between humans and non-human animals. We’ll learn about what scientists refer to as “theory of mind”; consider indigenous and traditional peoples' views of animals; investigate how artists and poets depict animals; explore current evolutionary theory and recent research in animal tool and language use; love and affection, and human-animal co-evolution and ESP. The class will also feature at least one visit by an 8-year-old Australian Cattle Dog named Lily. Classes will be built around daily discussions and activities both inside and outside the classroom, experiential learning, and a variety of writing assignments leading to the final term paper. Readings and other texts will range from poetry to scientific journal articles, paintings, and documentary films. The class will feature at least one visit by a clever and well-socialized 11-year-old Australian Cattle Dog named Lily.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nancy L Kool
Date: 10/22/2012