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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT3100: Dogs and Cats: Anthropological subjects

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module will explore a wide range of ethnographic examples which detail how humans (including anthropologists, sociologists and philosophers) think about and interact with cats and dogs. Current theoretical issues will also be explored.


Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Perspectivism and anthropology ‘beyond the human’
  • Medical anthrozoology and Zoonoses
  • Breeds, racism, imperialism and slavery
  • Commodification and resistance
  • Animal (cat/dog)-assisted therapy
  • Cruelty, fear, violence and childhood
  • Cats, dogs, and technology
  • Cats, dogs, and social media
  • Critical Animal Studies

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2211 x 2 hours per week comprising of lectures and seminars
Guided independent study44Weekly reading for lectures
Guided independent study24Preparing for formative assessments
Guided independent study60Research and writing of essays

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Web-based and electronic resources: