AP797 Animal Policy and Advocacy Applied Practice

Course Description

Students will complete an approved practicum designed in conjunction with a Faculty Supervisor and a Field Mentor. The purpose of this practicum is to give students the opportunity to translate theory into practice. Ideally, the practicum will take the form of a field experience at an animal protection organization. However, when such a field experience is not possible, the practicum may take the form of:

  • A supervised research project (one that is separate and distinct from the thesis project) that includes the collection of new data;
  • A supervised research project that examines existing data in a new way;
  • A legislative case study/policy analysis;
  • A critical meta-analysis of previous research;
  • A project that results in the creation of a useful product such as a humane education curriculum, a marketing/outreach campaign, a model for effecting policy changes, etc.; or
  • A tutorial that results in a meaningful product.

Students are expected to invest a total of 135 hours during this course. Students will devote a minimum of 100 hours to their practicum. The remaining time will be spent communicating with the Faculty Supervisor and completing written assignments (assigned by the Faculty Supervisor). Because most HSU students are working adults, this course is expected to extend beyond the traditional eight-week course term, but no longer than 14 weeks.

Course Learning Outcomes

Given the uniqueness of each practicum and the student needs, outcomes will be determined at the onset of this course by the student, Faculty Supervisor, and Field Mentor.

Course Topics

Topics covered in this course will be dependent upon the scope of the students’ learning outcomes; therefore, topics will be determined by the student, Faculty Supervisor, and Field Mentor.

Course Materials

Any text used will be determined by the student and the Faculty Supervisor.