Tufts Credit: 1.0 course credits is equal to 4 semester hours at other institutions 0.5 course credits is equal to 2 semester hours at other institutions Course Numbers: 0001 - 0099: strictly undergraduate 0100 - 0199: undergraduate or graduate 0200 & Up: strictly graduate
How do humans and animals interact? How do we define and identify the ranges of complex human and animal relationships?
We will examine the consistent presence and use of animals by humans throughout history, the advantages and disadvantages that these connections provide for both humans and animals, and many of the ethical dilemmas surrounding these dynamics. A survey of these connections throughout history, literature, entertainment, medicine, and religion reveals that humans and animals have been interacting with each other for thousands of years. We hunt them, eat them, wear them, conduct tests on them, idolize them, work them, and study them. Some species appear as lovable characters in books, team mascots, cultural idols, and as children's toys while others we fear and even demonize. Included on the animal-human relationship spectrum is the presence of domesticated animals in our homes. Cats, dogs, and other species have joined our human families and are cared for with the same love and financial support that many people provide for their children.
This course has been approved by the Academic Review Board to count toward Natural Sciences distribution credit.
Laura Cummings (A '00 and DVM '05) is an emergency veterinarian in a twenty-four-hour critical care hospital. Laura has been intrigued with the ethical issues in veterinary medicine and surrounding topics for over a decade, and she has researched the topic thoroughly. Laura has worked in a zoo, a primate research facility, a kill-shelter, and a wildlife refuge to make an effort to understand the ethical controversies in these widely diverse environments.
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A recent Bundesgymnasium graduate, Matthias decided to leave his home in Austria for six weeks and spend part of his summer studying international relations and economics at Tufts. He thought the summer before completing his zivildienst (year of public service) was the perfect time to try something new. Matthias saw the advantages of international study at a great American university before entering his "gap" year, and he knew that Tufts University had the summer courses he needed and could transfer to his home university, when the time comes.
English Language Proficiency Score Minimums
550 on the paper-based TOEFL
213 on the computer-based TOEFL (CBT)
79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
7.0 on the IELTS
550 on the CET-4 (China)
520 on the CET-6 (China)
C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)