Human-Animal Studies: Courses in the Netherlands

This is a list of colleges and universities in Netherlands that provide courses in Human-Animal studies.  This includes the name of the college, the name of the course, who is teaching the course, and brief description of the course that the instructor will be covering.


Learning Animals/Institute for Zooanthropology

Learning Animals is a new certificate program through which students can receive study credits through their own universities. Examples of European universities where students have thus far received such credits include Leeuwarden University of Applied Social Sciences, Netherlands; Pisa University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Italy; Teramo University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Welfare, Italy; and Napoli University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Italy. The programs are Master Classes in applied cognitive ethology within an animal-human interaction and animal ethics framework. There are three main education programs: Learning Dog (Applied Canine Zooanthropology); Learning Horse (Applied Equine Zooanthropology); and Learning Human (work for Animal Assisted Interactions professionals). At the end of the program, students receive a certificate of participation for accomplishing the education program in applied zooanthropology. The program includes an online component followed by an in-person, practical setting for further development of skills in the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, the UK, and on request, outside Europe.

Open University of the Netherlands/IAHAIO Modules in Anthrozoology

Modules in Anthrozoology is an initiative by the Open University of the Netherlands and IAHAIO. The modules offer a series of short, theme-based learning blocks for professionals that are already working with animals, and for anyone who is new to the fascinating field of Human Animal Interactions. Each module covers a salient theme in practice and research on human-animal interactions. If you are new to Anthrozoology, or you need to complement your understanding and abilities in this field, these modules are suited for you. You will get a good grounding in key topics that are taught at an academic level. In almost every module, there will be explicit attention for the link between science and practice. Each module is designed around 3 recurring elements:
• Exploring current theory and research
• An expert opinion on issues in Anthrozoology
• A practical assignment that will take you into the rich field of professional practices around human-animal interactions, most notably animal assisted interventions
A module will require approximately 16 hours to complete.

University of Amsterdam

Elective in Media Studies: Animal Studies

Maarten Reesink

Gorilla Bokito in Blijdorp and (the late) polar bear Knut in Berlin, penguin Happy Feet in New Zealand and orca Morgan at the Dolfinarium. And: Mickey Mouse and Garfield, Finding Nemo and Avatar, March of the Penguins and BBC series like Earth and Life. Animals have become prominent, not just in media but since recently in media studies (and disciplines like history, philosophy and ethics too). As animals occupy a greater and greater prominence in contemporary audiovisual and popular culture, we are also realizing how strongly our representations of them are culturally coded. Starting from this recognition, since the 1990s the new academic discipline under the name of Animal Studies has developed a theoretically informed perspective from the social sciences and the humanities (cultural studies in particular). The lectures of the course offer an introduction to this new and internationally fast-developing field within the humanities (and the social sciences). Therefore, the course also fits for advanced students from other (like the above-mentioned) disciplines.

Human-Animal Studies

Maarten Reesink

Baloo and Shere Khan in The Jungle Book. The mouse in your house. The ducks in the pond. The cat in your lap. The veal on your plate. The march of the penguins. The rabbit in the cage. The robin on your webcam. The bugs in the bush. The lion in the zoo. The dog video in your mail. Animals are everywhere, all the time. In our human lives and society, in our human cultures and imagination. For some people they are mere critters or simply food, for others they are amongst the most significant others in their lives – just as we are for them. Human-Animal Studies is about us, humans, and the relations we have with other animals. It is a new academic discipline, combining theories and research from fields as diverse as history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, media studies – and even some biology. In this course, we will explore the origins of this new interdisciplinary field, figure out why and how traditional disciplines have contributed to this so-called ‘animal turn’ in academia, and imagine what this all means for our current and future relations with other animals. The course consists of a series of twelve lectures. No prior knowledge is required.

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