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Human-Animal Studies: Courses in Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Sciences Overview

This is a list of colleges and universities around the world who provide courses for Agricultural Sciences in relation to the human-animal relationship. This includes the name of the college, the name of the course, who is teaching the course, and brief description of the Agricultural Sciences course that the instructor will be covering.

Agricultural Sciences in the United States

Colorado State University

Ethical Issues in Animal Agriculture

Bernard Rollin

This pioneering course has been a part of the required block for agricultural students at Colorado State University since 1980. It deals with issues of farm animal welfare, ethical theory, and emerging social ethics for animals.


Colorado State University

Environmental Issues in Agriculture

Jessica Davis


Michigan State University

Animals, People and Nature

Linda Kalof

This graduate course examines one of the most fiercely debated topics in contemporary science and culture: the animal question – or, what is the fitting role of animals in human culture and of humans in animal culture?


Michigan State University

Industrialization of American Agriculture

Impact of industrial agriculture on farms, production systems, rural communities and the environment. Agricultural research to create sustainable agriculture and rural life.


Sam Houston State University

Animals in Society

Dwayne Pavelock


Agricultural Sciences in Canada

University of British Columbia

Animals and Society

David Fraser, Dan Weary

An interdisciplinary introduction to the place of animals in human society. The course introduces students to (1) the place of animals in mythology and Western thought, (2) the role of animals in world food production, biomedical research, companionship and entertainment, and (3) attempts to safeguard animals through by practical innovations, the humane movement and the law. The course involves reading, discussion, critical thinking and written work.

Undergraduate Thesis in Animal Welfare

David Fraser, Dan Weary

This course provides the opportunity for students to take an active role in a research project on animal welfare, including involvement in experimental design, data collection and data analysis. Ideally students identify a research topic and begin data collection during the summer, and work on the data analysis and writing their thesis during the Fall and Spring semesters. The final thesis will be in the format of a scientific article, and, when appropriate, students may submit their work for publication.

Topics in Animal Welfare

David Fraser, Dan Weary

This involves reading and discussion of current research in animal welfare and ethics. Topics will be chosen to fit the interests of students, and may include the interplay of science and value issues in assessing animal welfare, research on animal cognition and its implications for animal ethics, effects of trade agreements on the welfare of agricultural animals, use of animal and non-animal models in research, and the relation between animal welfare and environmental concerns. Offered September-December.

Overview of Animal Welfare and Animal Ethic

David Fraser, Dan Weary

A graduate level overview of animal welfare and animal ethics, covering scientific assessment of animal well-being, ethical concepts applied to animal use, and animal welfare issues arising in agriculture, biomedical research and other areas. This course is intended especially for new graduate students specializing in animal welfare. It will be linked to the undergraduate course AGRO 315 and students will cover a common curriculum. Graduate students enrolled in the graduate course will be responsible for a greater breadth of readings and will write an in-depth term paper.

Tutorials in Animals Welfare Research

David Fraser, Dan Weary

This consists of 8 tutorials run with an instructor and a small group of students. Each week students will be set readings covering key topics in the field of animal welfare. Students will be expected to write a short essay on the readings and then discuss their essay and the readings during the tutorial session.

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