|Study location||Netherlands, Maastricht (Online)|
|Type||Maastricht Online Campus, distance learning|
|Nominal duration||Weekend course (21 & 22 November) (1 ECTS)|
|Tuition fee||€199 per programme|
Open to everyone
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
Please attach proof of English proficiency or clearly state in your motivation letter any previous English experience through education, upbringing or jobs. We pride ourselves on our interactive courses and we therefore want to ensure all students can participate to the full extent.
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
Prof. dr. Pim Martens
Animals and sustainability – that’s what Pim Martens (Maastricht Univerity) is fully committed to. He is a mathematician, science activist and is an advocate for better relationships between animals and humans.
Pim Martens is passionate to bring about the needed sustainable change in our relationship with nature and the animals we live with. This professor of ‘Sustanimalism’ has a PhD in applied mathematics ánd anthrozoology, is a scientivist, and integrates scientific knowledge with animal advocacy.
Course Duration and Dates
This is an online weekend course running from the 21st of November until the 22nd of November, 2020. The courses will be scheduled in Central European Time [CET] so it is possible that some time slots are not ideal for people in certain time zones. However, when scheduling the courses, we will try to take into account the different time zones as much as we can.
The number of credits earned after successfully concluding this course is the equivalent of 1 ECTS according to Maastricht University’s guidelines. For further information see the MSS terms and conditions
This is an interdisciplinary course, so open for students of all Faculties with a genuine interest in critical animal studies and how we, as humans, interact with them.
▪ Assignments ▪ Lectures
▪ Final paper