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Human-Animal Studies: Courses in the Netherlands


This is a list of colleges and universities in Netherlands that provide courses in Human-Animal studies.  This includes the name of the college, the name of the course, who is teaching the course, and brief description of the course that the instructor will be covering.


Learning Animals/Institute for Zooanthropology

Learning Animals is a new certificate program through which students can receive study credits through their own universities. Examples of European universities where students have thus far received such credits include Leeuwarden University of Applied Social Sciences, Netherlands; Pisa University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Italy; Teramo University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Welfare, Italy; and Napoli University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Italy. The programs are Master Classes in applied cognitive ethology within an animal-human interaction and animal ethics framework. There are three main education programs: Learning Dog (Applied Canine Zooanthropology); Learning Horse (Applied Equine Zooanthropology); and Learning Human (work for Animal Assisted Interactions professionals). At the end of the program, students receive a certificate of participation for accomplishing the education program in applied zooanthropology. The program includes an online component followed by an in-person, practical setting for further development of skills in the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, the UK, and on request, outside Europe.

University of Amsterdam

Elective in Media Studies: Animal Studies

Maarten Reesink

Gorilla Bokito in Blijdorp and (the late) polar bear Knut in Berlin, penguin Happy Feet in New Zealand and orca Morgan at the Dolfinarium. And: Mickey Mouse and Garfield, Finding Nemo and Avatar, March of the Penguins and BBC series like Earth and Life. Animals have become prominent, not just in media but since recently in media studies (and disciplines like history, philosophy and ethics too). As animals occupy a greater and greater prominence in contemporary audiovisual and popular culture, we are also realizing how strongly our representations of them are culturally coded. Starting from this recognition, since the 1990s the new academic discipline under the name of Animal Studies has developed a theoretically informed perspective from the social sciences and the humanities (cultural studies in particular). The lectures of the course offer an introduction to this new and internationally fast-developing field within the humanities (and the social sciences). Therefore, the course also fits for advanced students from other (like the above-mentioned) disciplines.

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