Animals and Ethics

Full Course Title: 
Animals and Ethics: Local and Global Issues
Course Number: 
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
Section 156: TR 8:00-9:15 am
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
Section 163: TR 12:30-1:45 pm
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
Section 189: TR 2:00-3:15 pm
Fall 2018
Civic Engagement

This course will examine contemporary and historical animal welfare and rights issues in an attempt to raise moral awareness of human treatment of nonhuman animals and the relationships between nonhuman animals and human beings. Topics include: animal sentience, humans' ethical obligations, if any, to animals, animals as food clothing and other goods, animal experimentation and vivisection, wildlife management and conservation animals and sport, animals as pets, and wild animals in captivity


I have a Ph.D. in linguistics and have taught expository writing to first year students here at Appalachian State, and I enjoy mentoring and guiding them toward self-awareness and their place in the world.  I have spent much time researching and reflecting on our relationships with and responsibilities to animals, as well as taking action on behalf of animals in the form of volunteering, lifestyle changes, pursuing changes in local, state, and federal laws, and participation with animal rights organizations via petitions, phone calls, marches, membership, and monetary donations. I am enthusiastic about leading first year students in an exploration of how their own beliefs and habits affect the lives of nonhuman animals, and urging them to act more deliberately toward the other living beings with which they share the planet. 

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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