CULT418-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Intersectionalities: Humans, Animals and Otherness

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Programme Director.


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Annie Potts


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 1 45%
Essay 2 45%
Attendance 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Readings will be provided on Learn.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,905.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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 .

All CULT418 Occurrences

  • CULT418-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021