CULT418-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Intersectionalities: Humans, Animals and Otherness

30 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


In recent years, scholars in the humanities have broadened out from a narrow focus on knowledge about 'the human' and begun to investigate wider aspects of the nonhuman material world - especially the relationships between human culture, animals, environments and ecologies. These tendencies - variously labeled ecocriticism, zoöcriticism, anthrozoology and Human-Animal Studies (HAS) - are now generating some of the most vigorous and compelling work by researchers in Humanities disciplines. CULT418 offers an in-depth examination of key areas of this new interdisciplinary field.

Intersectionality is a concept used to describe the ways in which oppressive institutions such as racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and classism are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another. In this course, we engage with theory and examples from critical race studies, indigenous studies, feminist studies, queer studies, disability studies, and critical animal studies to examine how various forms of discrimination and marginalization intersect or connect. Importantly, we will also extend the theory of intersectionality to include analyses of the representations and treatment of other-than-human species. We will be examining various 'texts' including biographies, films, documentaries, advertising, activist and political campaigns, and also looking at actual practices. The work of intersectionality theorists such as Kimberle Crenshaw, Amy Breeze Harper, Dinesh Wadiwel, Richard Twine, Carol J. Adams and Pattrice Jones, will also be covered. All readings will be provided in class, and students will have the opportunity to research an essay topic they are personally passionate about.

(Image: "Yvette Watt, Second Sight")

Learning Outcomes


Subject to approval of the Programme Director.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 460 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Annie Potts


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 1 50% Approximately 5000 words
Essay 2 50% Approximately 5000 words


Readings will be provided on Learn.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,811.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All CULT418 Occurrences

  • CULT418-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018