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Human-Animal Studies: Courses in Criminology and Law

Criminology and Law Overview

This is a list of colleges and universities around the world who provide courses for Criminology and Law 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 Criminology and Law course that the instructor will be covering.


Drury University

Animal Law

This course will examine a wide variety of topics related to the law of animals, such as classes of animals (companion, exotic, domestic), torts (liability statutes, damages and valuation), contract law (landlord/tenant, area animal restrictions, dissolution of marriage), wills and trusts, criminal law (breeding regulations, legal vs illegal breeding, animal cruelty), hoarding, entertainment regulations, dog fighting, the Humane Slaughter Act, the Animal Welfare Act and the Endangered Species Act. Particular attention will be paid to the topics of interest of the students enrolled.


University of Southern Maine

Animal Abuse

Piers Beirne

A new undergraduate course on the sociology of animal abuse.


West Chester University

Animals and Crime

Cassandra Reyes

This course is designed to provide intensive examination of the relationship between animal cruelty and the criminal justice system. It will cover the commission of animal cruelty within circumstances such as child abuse, interpersonal violence, and juvenile delinquency. The goal of the course is to offer students an understanding of the impact that animal cruelty has on society and the criminal justice system.

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