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Human-Animal Studies: Courses in Natural Resources

Natural Resources Overview

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


Cornell University

Ethics and the Environment

James Tantillo

An introduction to ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and political philosophy as these subjects relate to the environment. We will ask the question “How should I live?” and explore the implications of different answers to that question for our treatment of nature. We will examine the various approaches to ethical theory; the relations between art, literature, religion, and morality; the objective nature of value judgments; and the subjective nature of nature. Applied topics may include such issues as the management of National Parks; the tensions between liberalism and environmentalism; and the moral implications of agriculture and of our attitudes to food.

Nature and Culture

James Tantillo

We will examine the history of human- environment relationships, the diversity of environmental values and ethics, cultural manifestations of nature, and the role of society in forming natural resource and environmental policy. The history of natural resource conservation and management in North America, including the history and philosophy of ecology, will be introduced.


Emily Carr Institute

Environmental Ethics

Carol Gigliotti

The primary goal of this course is to prepare students to understand and to critically evaluate various ethical perspectives on human beings’ interactions with nature and these perspectives’ applications to environmental issues. An important secondary goal is to provide students with tools to integrate those perspectives into their practice as cultural workers.


Humbolt State University

Introduction to Wildlife Conservation & Administration

Richard N. Brown

Wildlife Policy & Animal Welfare

Richard N. Brown

Environmental Ethics

Richard N. Brown


Michigan State University

Contemporary Issues in Animal-Human Relationships

Philosophy of Ecology

Global Issues in Fisheries and Wildlife

Human Dimensions Research in Fisheries and Wildlife

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