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Human and Animal Relationships and Interactions (HARI)

Maastricht Summer School
Netherlands, Maastricht
Maastricht Summer School Netherlands, Bonnefantenstraat 2, 6211 KL Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tuition fee €199 per programme


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 6th until the 7th of March, 2021. 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.

Teaching methods
▪ Assignments ▪ Lectures

Assessment methods
▪ Final paper

Apply now! Winter Term 2020/21
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Mar 6, 2021

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Winter Term 2020/21
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Mar 6, 2021

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States