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HAS Courses in the South

Baylor University

Environmental Sciences

Heidi Marcum

Animal Enrichment Field School. This class is designed to provide hands-on training in the enrichment of captive animals through individual and group work, often without direct supervision. Class objectives include: experience in enriching captive animals; hands-on, practical experience with a current environmental problem; experience with designing enrichment activities, taking data and writing up results; experience presenting results using Powerpoint.

Baylor University

Arts & Sciences

Animals and Human Society ELG

Baylor University

Arts & Sciences

Animals & Human Society

Louisiana State University

Veterinary Medicine

Animals in Society I and II. Human-animal relationships, human-animal bond, pet facilitated therapy, animal welfare, and animal rights. Two part course

Sam Houston University

Animal Science

Leanne Wiley

Animals and Society. This course will acquaint the student with the broad role of animals in society from national, global and historic perspectives. The impact of animals and domestic livestock on economic, social and political policy will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on agricultural and non-agricultural uses, societal and cultural perspectives, consumer influences, animal ethics, animal research, appropriate animal care, livestock quality assurance programs, animal welfare, animal rights and the animal-human bond.

Sam Houston State University

Agricultural Sciences

Dwayne Pavelock

Animals in Society

Texas Christian University

Carol Thompson

Animals, Culture and Society

Non-Human animals are an ever-present part of our lives. This presence, even though salient, is often taken for granted by humans. Even sociologists, for the most part, have neglected the study of animal/human interaction and the importance of animals in human societies. This course will attempt to correct this oversight by addressing the roles, places, meanings, and significance animals have in human society. We will explore the cross-cultural differences and the major social and philosophical arguments regarding the place of animals and the capacity of animals to think, feel, express, interact etc. We will also examine beliefs, social practices and policies regarding animals and their well-being and the social, cultural, and political bases of these practices and policies. This course will apply sociological approaches to the study of human-animal relationships. It will be revealed that humans are not consistent in our perceptions of, or relations with, other animals, indicating that socially constructed realities extend into human/animal relations. We will challenge traditional representations of nonhuman animals and connect these representations to enduring social problems such as racism, sexism and violence against the vulnerable. Central to this course will be an exploration of the ways in which animal lives intersect with human social life. The overarching goal is to examine these topics in a way that is both scholarly and practical, thereby providing a rich and meaningful intellectual experience.

Texas Women’s University

Women’s Studies

Claire Sahlin

Ecofeminist Theorizing. This graduate seminar explores ecofeminist thinking concerning interconnections between the exploitation of nature and the subjugation of women and people of color, while considering ecofeminist reflections on activism and spirituality/religion. Through assigned readings, documentary films, guided discussion, and projects, we’ll ask questions about the meaning of environmental justice, while studying ecofeminist perspectives concerning such topics as vegetarianism, corporate globalization, colonization, and religious fundamentalisms. Our study of ecofeminist theorizing, spirituality, and activism will prompt us to examine assumptions about epistemology (how we come to understand the world and whose knowledge counts), ontology (how we envision the nature of the universe, including the relatedness of beings and entities in the world), and ethics (the nature of moral behavior).

University of Central Florida

Sociology

Liz Grauerholz

Animals and Health. This course explores the ways in which non-human animals both enhance and diminish humans’ health. We will also explore how animals’ health is linked to humans’ health. “Health” is broadly conceptualized and includes physical, psychological, spiritual, and socio-relational experiences that promote general well-being. The use of animals for therapy, medicine, entertainment, food, socialization, beauty, and spiritual practice will be examined.

University of North Texas

Philosophy

Ecofeminism. Examines the merger of feminism with environmental ethics and its subsequent evolution. Subject matter includes the analysis of patriarchy, gender issues and multicultural perspectives within the larger framework of ethical responses to ecocrisis.

University of North Texas

Philosophy

Eugene Hargrove

Seminar in Environmental Ethics. An intensive analysis of new positions in environmental ethics with special emphasis on their theoretical value as a contribution to contemporary philosophy and their practical value with regard to environmental policy and decision making.

University of North Texas

Cynthia Chandler

Counseling

Animal Assisted Therapy. Animal-assisted therapy is the incorporation of qualified animals into a therapeutic environment. Explores techniques to facilitate animal-assisted therapeutic interventions in a variety of settings, including schools, counseling agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, prisons and facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities. A variety of animals can be suitable for therapy programs. The student need not have an animal or pet to take the course.

University of Texas

Geography

Sharon Wilcox

Nature and Culture. The investigation of nature-culture relationships lies at the core of academic geography. This course introduces students to the study of the complex interactions and interrelationships between human society and the natural world from a geographic perspective, with an emphasis on nonhuman animals. Consideration of the more-than-human world is a rapidly emerging field, and one in which geographers play an important and meaningful role. Animals challenge and compliment our notions of identity and humanity; they share our homes; they are present on our dinner tables; and they are omnipresent in our popular culture. Animals also animate the world around us, personifying nature. As we examine the ways in which boundaries are constructed, enacted, practiced, and challenged between the human and the nonhuman animal, we undermine taken-for-granted dichotomies, and collapse the distances constructed between human society and the natural world. By broadening our discussion of natures and cultures, and bringing the animal alongside the human, we cross through a rich terrain of interrelationships and interactions that can expand our understandings of ourselves and our place within the world around us.

University of Texas Pan American

Social Work

Catherine Faver

Spirituality and Social Work. This is taught as an elective in our MSSW program. Relevant topics include vegetarianism as spiritual practice and responsibility; the spiritual dimension of the human-animal bond; the therapeutic effects of companion animals in various social contexts

University of Texas Pan American

Social Work

Catherine Faver

Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Institutions, Organizations, and Communities. This is a required social work course. Relevant topics I included in the course: impact of the natural environment on human health and well-being (including the impact of factory farming and the benefits of vegetarianism); the link between animal abuse and family violence; the therapeutic effects of animals in various social contexts such as residential and other treatment facilities.