Fall 2021

Animals and the Law

Moodle site: Course


Jennifer A. Hamilton (Section 01)


How and under what circumstances are non-human animals considered persons before the law? Using perspectives from anthropology, Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), science and technology studies (STS), and legal studies, this course explores the shifting status of non-human animals in Anglo-American legal tradition. While our main focus will be the understanding and treatment of non-human animals in the contemporary United States, we will also examine these issues from historical and cross-cultural perspectives. Of particular interest is how scientific knowledge comes to bear on these kinds of legal questions. All students interested in the moral, political and legal status of animals are welcome.

Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Hamilton.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2021