Animals and Society 


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During this Animals and Society course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder you will analyze the socially constructed boundaries drawn between humans and animals and review their consequences

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Animals matter for human existence in so many ways that it is difficult to imagine the entity we call “society” without them. 

They figure heavily in our language, food, clothing, family structure, economy, education, entertainment, science, recreation, and other areas of social life. 

In this Animals and Society course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder, we will investigate a range of topics, many of them controversial. 

Although this is a sociology course, the field of human-animal studies is interdisciplinary. Many of the suggested readings come from fields outside of sociology, but this specialization emphasizes their sociological relevance throughout each course.

Applied Learning Project

This specialization is ideal for individuals employed in animal welfare including animal sheltering, veterinary medicine, trainers, rehabilitators, and animal control officers. This specialization is also excellent for learners interested in deepening their knowledge of how individuals and society treat and regard animals, from the common housepet to livestock, animals held in captivity, and animals in the wild.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Animals, Self, and Society
  • Animals and Institutions
  • The Changing Status and Perception of Animals

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • 1 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Beginner Level

  • No prior background knowledge required.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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