Human-Animal Studies: Courses in Sweden

This is a list of colleges and universities in Sweden that provide courses in Human-Animal studies.

Lund University

Critical Animal Studies: Animals in Society, Culture, and the Media

Helena Pedersen

What is speciesism and how does it intersect with racism and sexism? What ideas and developments in modernity have made large-scale animal production and its globalization possible? What place do animals have in struggles for social justice and change? Animals figure in human society and culture in multiple ways, while frequently being marginalized or reduced to commodities, production units, status symbols and tools. This course offers a critical exploration of how a shifting economic, scientific, political and media-shaped landscape assigns various roles and values to animals in contemporary Western society, and the consequences for living conditions of animals and humans alike. The course integrates innovative critical animal studies research from a range of areas such as sociology, media and communication studies, philosophy, cultural studies, geography, gender studies and critical race studies.

Uppsala University

Human-Animal Studies: Representations and Practices

Anna Samuelsson

The PhD course introduces the growing interdisciplinary field of Human-Animal Studies. It explores human-animal relations in theory, culture and society by examining the structures, ideas, values and ethical frameworks which guide our relations to other species and the relations between theory and practice. How are animals represented in media, education and visual culture, and what implications do these representations have for our understanding of other animals, ourselves and the world? How do we classify, create hierarchies, include and exclude different species in different places and spaces? How are animals “gendered” and interpreted through norms and ideas about sex, family, mind, race, and nation? The course will address the themes social constructions and representations of animals, boundary work, identity and intersectionalities, animal ethics and welfare, animals as companions and resources, animal geographies and globalization, posthumanist theory, critical animal studies and sustainable development. The lecturers represent a diversity of disciplines – sociology, geography, evolutionary biology, educational studies, ethics, philosophy, science and technology studies, cultural studies – and the course encourages discussion and communication between students and teachers from different disciplines.

Humanimal encounters: Representations, bodies, identities

Ann-Sophie Longren

Ideas of gender, sexuality, and identity have always informed projects of defining what is “human.” This course addresses various meanings of “animal” and “human” in representation and practice. The course uses films and texts to examine HumAnimal encounters in contemporary culture, to highlight the fragile boundary between “the human” and “the animal”, and to discuss the power of these definitions. It focuses on how animals are active agents in seemingly human ideologies, subjectivities, and bodies, and emphasizes the “more-than-human” aspects of social worlds. Various theoretical perspectives are introduced to explore debates about gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, religion, technology, and species. Course instruction involves a series of obligatory on-campus seminars, as well as web-based activities.

Dalarna University

Moral animals: An Overview

Fredrik Karlsson

The purpose of the course is for the student to gain basic knowledge about contemporary research on pseudo-moral animal behaviour and the ability to apply such knowledge in relation to the concept of morals and the view of human beings.
On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the main characteristics of contemporary research on pseudo morals among animals
  • orally and in writing reflect on the meaning of the prevailing view in contemporary research about pseudo-moral behaviour in animals
  • compare various understandings of morals in light of the given theories
  • argue in a mutually attentive and knowledge-based dialogue about human-animal relations
  • value arguments regarding the relation of humans to animals.
From mythic beavers to religious chimpanzees: Animals, Ethics and Religion

Fredrik Karlsson

The student will use posthumanist theory to study materials concerning animal representations within a broad spectrum of religious practices and beliefs, as well as the notion of animals as religious subjects.


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