We are excited to announce that the winner of the 2018-2019 International Development Project is the University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Sharyn Spicer, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of the Western Cape, will be in charge of the new program.
This award will be used to develop a post-graduate module in Human-Animal Studies, titled Animals & the Environment, that straddles sociology, anthropology, history, psychology, criminology, Public Health, social geography, environmental studies and possibly other life sciences. Students in turn, will be exposed to a cross section of academics, expert scholars, writers, film-makers, environmental activists, veterinarians and animal welfare professionals. Experts will be consulted and invited to give guest lecturer and host seminars. Students will also be taken on field trips and will attend workshops with animal welfare and Humane Education professionals and activists. A field trip to Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary, movie screenings, as well as a round table discussion, will form part of this program. Students will be required to read and prepare in advance for seminars which are participatory and interactive. They will also be required to present their research proposals and projects to their peers and invited guests. It is further anticipated that several research projects, dissertations and publications will emanate from this program.
From 2020-onwards, the program will commence with the introduction of a semester long module at both Honours & Masters level. It will be 12 weeks long and will comprise a series of 20 x 2 hour seminars (2 per week, spread over 10 weeks). Presentations, field trips and movie screenings will also take place during this time period. From 2020 onwards, this will be extended to encompass a full 1 year program in Animal Studies. In the first semester, students will be introduced to the relevant theory and methods. During the second semester they will select Elective modules (as in 2018 and 2019).