Human and Animal Relationships and Interactions (HARI)
Though we live with them, eat them, love them, and wear them, we give very little academic attention to the roles of animals in society. In this course, we will examine the most influential philosophic discussions around animals in society; conventional discourse around human-animal relationships; intersections between speciesism and other forms of oppression; and politics of various animal justice movements. The underlying theme of the course will be re-evaluating our understandings of animals and gauging the individual and collective responsibilities that we, as humans, must negotiate with non-human animals.
This course will also explore and consider the different types of relationships between animals and humans in contemporary society from a variety of physical, social, linguistic, legal and psychological perspectives. Topics may include companion animals, animal rights and welfare, animals and food and entertainment, and animal-assisted therapy.
This interdisciplinary course will entail:
1. Natural science approaches to understanding our fellow living beings
2. Social science methods for investigating human-animal interactions
3. Humanities-based strategies that illuminate human-animal relationships
from ethical, political, and cultural points of view
At the end of this course, students should able to:
• exhibit strong critical thinking skills in their study of the interactions between humans and nonhuman animals and of the roles of nonhuman animals in human society.
• synthesize interdisciplinary information as it relates to anthrozoology.
• identify strengths and weaknesses in arguments regarding human and nonhuman animals.
• construct a written, evidence-based argument on an HARI topic.
Furthermore, the students will:
• Understand different perspectives regarding animals
• Understand the role of zoos in society
• Understand the state-of the–art of animal emotions and animal communication
Course Duration and Dates This is a one week course running from the 27th of July until the 31st of July, 2020.
Prof. dr. Pim Martens