Anthroplogy 279: Humans and Nature in South Africa is a study abroad course in Cape Town, South Africa. In this course we will explore the interface between humans and the natural world, with a specific focus on South Africa. Through readings, discussion, field trips, and written assignments, we will investigate and discuss the ways in which humans view and interact with animals, historically and today, in a wide variety of contexts.
We will discuss animals as food, as pets, as pests, and as study subjects. We will also discuss wildlife conservation principles and challenges, including the causes and consequences of human-wildlife conflict. Finally, we will investigate and discuss real-life wildlife conservation challenges in South Africa, including big game hunting, ivory poaching, wild cats as agricultural pests, and conflict between humans and nonhuman primates, such as baboons and vervet monkeys.
We will also visit many tourist destinations around the Cape Town area, including the Castle of Good Hope, the IZIKO and District Six museums, Robben Island, the Christiaan Barnard museum, Monkey Town, the Boulders Penguin Colony, Cape Point, and the Cape of Good Hope, as well as various baboon-frequented areas of the Cape Peninsula.
This course will take place during the Queens College 2015 Winter Session.
January 2, 2015- January 25, 2015
For additional information:
Prof. Larissa Swedell
Department of Anthropology
Powdermaker Hall 315-E
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