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Human-Animal Studies: Courses in Social Justice

Social Justice Overview

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


Brock University

Animal Liberation and Social Justice

Theories and case studies examining social justice beyond the limits of the human species, including issues such as animal rights, animal liberation, speciesism in relation to other forms of oppression, alternative ethical and political relationships to animals.


Montclair State University

Animals and Justice

Lisa Anne Zilney

The course will familiarize students with scholarship on the relationships between human and nonhuman animals from a multidisciplinary perspective including the ecological, environmental, cultural, economic, social, psychological, and health dimensions of these relationships. The course will situate nonhuman animals into a larger conception of social justice.


Warren Wilson College

Animal Rights; Human Obligations

Robert Eckstein and John Casey

The course involves an examination of the moral status of animals and the descriptive and normative recognition of human obligations toward animals, as determined by cultural perceptions and philosophical schools of thought, particularly utilitarianism and deontology.  We will consider the ways animals are used to serve human ends, e.g., food, clothing, entertainment, medical and other kinds of research, etc.; proclaimed human moral entitlements to use animals; religious attitudes toward animals; legal protections; animal welfare and animal rights.
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