Friday, October 03, 2003
HURL 420/520 Human and Animal Relations/Rights. Critical examination of human perceptions, values, and treatment of animals and the consequences for humans, animals, and the environment in a global context. Prereq.: 201 or 497. 3 cr.Here we have the Human Relations course prototype.
- "Critical examination" -- why do they always insist on this word? Are they saying that we in the great unwashed, who cannot teach our students to earn an average GPA of 3.7, provide uncritical examinations of our topics?
- "...human perceptions, values ..." -- a public university is asking for examination of values. I'm a little uneasy with that, though it is fine if one is allowed to hold any values as long as they are examined ... critically.
- "...the consequences for humans, animals, and the environment in a global context." Animal relations and rights in terms of the environment? Global context? Is there a search for victims? I often get replies to things I write about economic views of policy questions as "That's too simple." Why are correct answers necessarily complex? (This reminds me to at least link this excellent note at Butterflies and Wheels -- more if I get time today.)
To expose and study unexamined values and biases toward human animals and non-human animals."Unexamined", except by the proposer of this course. "The environment" in a course on animal rights by a human relations instructor. "Advocacy" as an objective of a university course in a public school. These are hallmarks of courses in that program: Your tax dollars at work.
To investigate the interconnections between human perceptions and treatement of animals, and consequences for humans, animals, and the environment.
To investigate claims and challenges about the use of animals for human projects.
To study emerging information and advocacy toward new relationships between human and non-human animals.
Some outline items, well, res ipse loquitur.
5% Understand the concepts of speciesism, animal rights, and the issues of oppression and justice relating to animals.Like "bad doggy".
10% Deconstruct the hidden values in language which serve to obscure and justify species domination.