Lecture TimeTuesday, 18:30 - 20:15
VenueRoom G04, Lee Shau Kee Architecture Building (ARC G04)
Lecturer POON Shuk Wah (3943-1757 / email@example.com)
This course examines the changing cultural and social positions of animals in the human world from ancient to present times. Adopting cross-cultural and comparative approaches, this course investigates the various and changing roles of animals in the long course of human history as totems, food, working companions, pets, etc. The changing human-animal relationship is a useful lens to understand not only the important role animals have played in human society, but also the changes in the ethical values of the humanity over time.
Students will be able to
(Mar. 14, Mar. 21, Mar. 28, Apr. 4, Apr. 11)
(1000-1500 words in English, excluding footnotes and bibliography)
(3,000-4,000 words in English, excluding footnotes and bibliography)
Berger, John. “Why Look at Animals.” In About Looking (New York: Pantheon Books, 1980), pp. 1-28.
Bulliet, Richard W. Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers: The Past and Future of Human-Animal Relationships (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005), pp. 71-100.
*Cowie, Helen. Exhibiting Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Empathy, Education, Entertainment (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 52-76, 101-125.
Demello, Margo. Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012).
Diamond, Jared. “The Anna Karenina Principle: Why were most big wild mammal species never domesticated?” In Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (London: Vintage, 1998), pp. 157-175.
Franklin, Adrian. “Good to Think with”: Theories of Human-animal Relations in Modernity.” A Sociology of Human-animal Relations in Modernity (London: Sage Publication, 1990), pp. 9-33.
*Goossaert, Vincent. “The Beef Taboo and the Sacrificial Structure of Late Imperial Chinese Society.” In Roel Sterckx ed, Of Tripod and Palate: Food, Politics, and Religion in Traditional China (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), pp. 237-248.
*Harris, Marvin. “Mother Cow.” In Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches: The Riddles of Culture (London: Hutchinson & Co., 1975), pp. 11–32.
Kemmerer, Lisa. Animals and World Religions (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
Kete, Kathleen. “Animals and Ideology: The Politics of Animal Protection in Europe.” In Rothfels Nigel ed., Representing Animals (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002), pp. 19-34.
Mackenzie, John. “Imperial Hunt in India.” The Empire of Nature: Hunting, Conservation and British Imperialism (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1988), pp. 167-199.
*Nicholls, Henry. The Way of the Panda: The Curious History of China’s Political Animal (London: Profile Books Ltd., 2010), pp. 38-75.
Pepin, Jacques. The Origins of AIDS (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 221-234.
*Ritvo, Harriet. “The Emergence of Modern Pet-keeping.” In Flynn, Clifton P. ed. Social Creatures: A Human and Animal Studies Reader (New York: Lantern Books, 2008), pp. 96-106.
*Serpell, James & Elizabeth Paul. “Pets and the Development of Positive Attitudes to Animals.” In Aubrey Manning & James Serpell eds. Animals and Human Society: Changing Perspectives (London: Routledge, 1994), pp. 127-141.
*Skabelund, Aaron Herald. “The ‘Loyal Dog’ Hachiko and the Creation of the “Japanese” Dog.” In Empire of Dogs: Canines, Japan, and the Making of the Modern Imperial World (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011), pp. 87-129.
*Songster, Elena. Panda Nation: The Construction and Conservation of China’s Modern Icon (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. 82-101.
Sterckx, Roel, Martina Siebert & Dagmar Schafer eds., Animals Through Chinese History: Earliest Times to 1911 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Torrey, E. Fuller & Robert H. Yolken. Beasts of the Earth: Animals, Humans, and Disease (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2005), pp. 112-123.
*Bailey, J.L. “Norway, the United States, and Commercial Whaling: Political Culture and Social Movement Framing.” The Journal of Environment & Development (March 2009), pp. 79-102.
Harrison, Brian. “Animals and the State in Nineteenth-Century England.” The English Historical Review, Vol. 88, No. 349 (Oct. 1973), pp. 786-820.
* Hirata, Keiko. “Beached Whales: Examining Japan’s Rejection of an International Norm,” Social Science Japan Journal, 7 (2004): 177–97.
*Jeffreys, Elaine. “Beijing Dog Politics: Governing Human–Canine Relationships in China.” Anthrozoös, Volume 33, Issue 4 (2020), pp. 511-528.
Kolmas, Michal. “Why is Japan Shamed for Whaling More Than Norway? International Society and its Barbaric Others.” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Volume 22, Issue 2 (May 2022): 267–296.
Liu, Chungshee Hsien. “The Dog-Ancestor Story of the Aboriginal Tribes of Southern China.” The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, 62 (Jul. – Dec. 1932), pp. 361-368.
*Poon, Shuk-wah. “Dogs and British Colonialism: The Contested Ban on Eating Dogs in Colonial Hong Kong.” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. (Volume 42, Issue 2, 2014), pp. 308-328.
Sramek, Joseph. ‘“Face Him Like a Briton”: Tiger Hunting, Imperialism, and British Masculinity in Colonial India, 1800-1875.’ Victorian Studies, vol. 48, no. 4 (2006), pp. 659-680.
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With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.
Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.
Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.
The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.