Undergraduate Course: People, Pets and Pastoralism (ARCA10090)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The aim of this course is to introduce students to the evolution, significance and complexity of past human-animal relationships. Students will engage with international case studies exploring the practical and conceptual nature of these interactions, and their context and consequence on local and global scales, from individual pet keeping to the worldwide spread of farming.
The course explores the evolution, significance and complexity of past human-animal relationships. Students will engage with international case studies exploring the practical and conceptual nature of these interactions, and their context and consequence on local and global scales, from individual pet keeping to the worldwide spread of farming. Focussing primarily on the archaeological past, it will also draw on selected ethnographic case studies. The course also provides contextualisation to current and future global challenges centred on how we live with animals.
The subject will be explored through a mixture of lectures, in-class discussions, and student presentations. Weekly lectures will cover major themes, with focus on the different forms and impacts of relationships, and critical assessment of how this is evidenced and investigated from the archaeological record. Students will give short presentations exploring specific examples of past human-animal relationships drawn from the breadth of past human experience. Weekly in class-discussion will develop out of the lecture and supporting literature for that session's topic and will be enriched and informed by the student presentations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Archaeology 2A and 2B, or Honours entry to degrees in Classics, or equivalent.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Archaeology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical understanding of the issues surrounding the investigation and interpretation of past human-animal relationships
- Demonstrate knowledge of analytical methods relevant to past human-animal relationships
- Demonstrate the ability to assess appropriate evidence and data and integrate it into wider archaeological analysis
|Albarella U and Trentacoste A (eds.) 2011, Ethnozooarchaeology. The present and past of human-animal relationships. Oxford: Oxbow Books.|
Armstrong Oma, K., 2010. Between trust and domination: social contracts between humans and animals. World Archaeology 42(2): 175-187.
Clutton-Brock J, ed. 1989. The Walking Larder: Patterns of Domestication, Pastoralism, and Predation. London: Hyman
Davis S J M 1987, The archaeology of animals. London: Batsford.
Ingold, T., 2000. The perception of the environment: essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill. Routledge; London and New York.
Kardulias, P.N. (ed.), 2015. The ecology of pastoralism. Boulder; University Press of Colorado.
Larson, G. and Fuller, D.Q., 2014. The evolution of animal domestication. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 45: 115-136.
Mullin, M.H., 1999. Mirrors and windows: sociocultural studies of human-animal relationships. Annual review of anthropology, 28(1), pp.201-224.
Orton, D., 2010. Both subject and object: herding, inalienability and sentient property in prehistory. World Archaeology 42(2): 188-200.
Russell N 2011, Social Zooarchaeology: Humans and Animals in Prehistory. Cambridge University Press.
Sykes N 2014, Beastly Questions: Animal Answers to Archaeological Issues. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
Zeder M A 2012, Pathways to animal domestication. In: Gepts P, Famula T R, Bettinger R L, Brush S B, Damania A B, McGuire P E and Qualset C O (eds.), Biodiversity in Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution and Sustainability: 227-259. Cambridge; Cambridge University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- gather and critically assess relevant information
- ability to develop a reasoned argument, support it with relevant evidence, and communicate it appropriately and persuasively
- present their ideas and analyses in a coherent fashion to diverse audiences and in a number of different formats.
|Course organiser||Dr Robin Bendrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110