VAST 248

The Dog Course

Instructor: Bianca Falbo

Office: 310 Pardee

Office Phone: (610) 330-5243


Course Description: “Man’s” best friend, or nature’s most successful parasite? Employing a range of perspectives–literary, philosophical, archaeological, biological and technological–we will examine specific constructions of the dog at various moments in human history. We will consider issues of evoluation, domestication, the morality and technology of breeding, and the psychological comforts of anthropomorphic representation. The course culminates in a Campus Dog Show, organized by members of the class. Because field trips and other required activities will involve contact with dogs, this course is not recommended for those who may be afraid of dogs or have health issues that could be made worse by interacting with dogs.