Arizona State University
This course will explore the field of Human-Animal Studies from an interdisciplinary, intersectional, feminist perspective. Animals will be situated in conversation with gender, race, class, sexuality, and (dis)ability. The course covers topics that address the social construction of animals, animals as celebrities, assistants, technologies, meat, pets, consumer and commodity, violence to animals, the interlocking systems of human oppression and animal suffering, speciesism as well as the role of animals in research, sports, religion, folklore, film, art, the law, literature and philosophy. Human-animal interactions in the home and workplace as well as within geographies, national narratives and ideologies will be addressed. The course will interrogate not only how the animal is constructed in relationship to humans and society, but also how humanity itself is narrowly defined and situated in an oftentimes-contradictory space with animal others. While culture and human-animal interactions will be emphasized, the interaction of nature/biology and culture will be addressed as well. It will engage with multiple mediums, feature guest lecturers from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives and will allow ample time for discussion.
As the leading academic program in its field, Prescott’s Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) program offers training in methods of partnering with equines to support human growth and development. This program is a unique opportunity for students pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Education while specializing in the rapidly evolving modality of partnering with equines in educational and personal growth programs. This 45 semester credit graduate program prepares students to design and deliver effective programs that partner with horses to facilitate learning, growth, and change with a wide variety of populations. This program blends a comprehensive theoretical framework with hands-on experience in equine-assisted/facilitated work under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners. The 15 graduate credit concentration consists of five courses. Four of these courses each contain a full semester of course work, delivered through an e-learning platform, as well as a four-day residential intensive workshop. The fifth course is comprised of supervised practicum and internship work in the field. Prescott also offers a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health.