AS417 Animal Protection and the Environment

Course Description

This course examines the convergence and divergence of animal protection and environmental movement interests, which have far-reaching strategic and policy implications for animals. Factory farming, climate change, hunting, and sustainability are among the topics considered. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the animal protection and environmental movements.
  • Explain a variety of topics related to animal protection and the environment, including issues related to climate change, wildlife, and sustainability.
  • Describe, synthesize, and apply ethics and philosophy related to animals and the environment, including ecofeminism, ecophilosophy, and nature ethics.

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Environmental Ethics and Philosophical Perspectives of Nature
  • Historical Perspectives of the Environmental and Animal Protection Movements
  • Climate Change
  • Agriculture
  • Wildlife Issues
  • Hunting
  • Ecosystems, Systems Thinking, and Sustainability Theory
  • Advocacy and Activism

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Kheel, M. 2008. Nature Ethics: An Ecofeminist Perspective. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.