HSRV209-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Special Topic

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


Special Topic


This course considers the intersection of gender and species as axes of oppression. Using theories and case studies we examine social justice as it might apply to various interconnected groups. The topic includes consideration of issues such as ecofeminism, animal liberation and speciesism in relation to other forms of oppression. The course provides students with the opportunity to question taken for granted assumptions about gender, nature, and the roles of animals in society as well as encouraging students to think about the nature, form and process of advocacy on behalf of the marginalized.


• To introduce students to theoretical debates about the nature of gender, species and
       social justice.
• To facilitate and examination of the social processes through which ideas of animals,
       nature and gender are produced, reproduced and transformed.
• To equip students with critical thinking techniques that will allow them to advocate for
       social justice for other species by understanding the interlocking nature of oppressions

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge about how issues of species and gender are embedded out in the human
           services along with an understanding of the consequences of this for social justice
  • The ability to consider the relevance of issues of species- and gender-justice in the
           analysis of social change and empowerment.
  • A social science understanding of key issues pertaining to modern assumptions
           regarding species, gender and social justice
  • Critical analysis of the relationship between oppression, empowerment and change
           in human systems.


30 points of Human Services from HSRV101, 102, 103 and 104 or
SOWK101, 102 and 104. Students without this prerequisite but with at least 60 points in appropriate courses may enter the course with the permission of the Programme Coordinator.

Timetable Note

Ensure you check CIS for room allocations

Course Coordinator

Nik Taylor


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online Tasks 20% Ongoing weekly deadline
Presentation and summary 07 Apr 2019 40% 1,000 words
Major Essay/Project 07 Jun 2019 40% 2,500 words

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* 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.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All HSRV209 Occurrences

  • HSRV209-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019