Human Relationships with Animals and the Environment
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- 31 Jul 2023
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- Articulate the principles of adaptation, evolution and domestication and the psychological, cultural and ethical bases of human relationships with animals and the natural environment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the behavioural, cognitive and emotional capabilities of non-human animals.
- Work effectively to identify and interpret evidence to critically evaluate a contemporary issue involving human relationships with animals and the natural environment.
- • Human-animal relationships across time and place.
- • Environmental psychology & sustainable consumption.
- • Understanding animal minds.
- • Relationships with farmed and companion animals.
- • Bioethics.
- • Animal welfare.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed PSY3HAR (Psychology of Human-Animal Relationships) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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This subject provides students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills required to analyse and address questions concerning how humans interact with animals (anthrozoology) and how they interact with the natural environment (ecopsychology). Throughout the subject, students are provided with a broad overview of relevant theories and methods of scientific inquiry. There is an emphasis on developing practical solutions to challenging social issues such as the use of animals, land and water in food production, conservation of endangered species and companion animal breeding and training. Online learning materials are used to provide information about contemporary issues, with tutorials providing many opportunities for students to engage in discussion, debate and further analysis.
- Two online quizzes (multiple choice questions, equiv. 1500 words) (30%)
- Individual, video presentation (equiv. 1000 words) (30%)
- Individual, written reaction papers (1000 words) (30%)
- Participation in online and tutorial activities (in-class multiple-choice questions; 500 word equivalent) (10%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.