SSI2 110

Examining Dogs Through the Lens of Science

Humans share their homes with dogs, spend billions of dollars every year on their needs, and worry about what they are feeling. Although dogs and humans have been sharing their lives for thousands of years, most people do not realize that such an intimate association between two different species of animals is highly unusual. How, when, and why did this association come about? Of all animals to domesticate and bring into our homes, why did early humans choose a predator? What do dogs know about humans and what do humans really know about what dogs think and feel? Through learning about the evolution and social cognition of dogs, students continue to refine their close reading skills and their ability to use different types of sources to build effective arguments. In this course, students also learn how to search for appropriate sources as they embark on a major research project that investigates some aspect of dogs in society. Affiliate department: Biology.

Prerequisites: SSI2 enrollment requires completion of SSI1 seminar