21-22 November (Weekend Course) (1 ECTS)
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. 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 e.g. a historical, social and linguistic perspectives. Topics include companion animals, animal communication and emotions, animal-assisted therapy. 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 a HARI topic. Furthermore, the students will: • Understand different perspectives regarding animals • Understand the state-of the–art of animal emotions and animal communication This is an interdisciplinary course, so open for all students with a genuine interest in critical animal studies and how we, as humans, interact with them.