HSRV209-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Special Topic: Humans, Animals and Society

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course introduces students to the study of human relations with other species and the natural world. It provides students with the opportunity to question taken for granted assumptions about nature, the environment and the roles of animals in society and the human services. The topic adopts a social justice approach and 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 power 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 power, oppression,
       social justice and marginalisation.  
• To facilitate an examination of the social processes through which ideas of animals
       and other marginalised groups are produced, reproduced and transformed.
• To equip students with critical thinking techniques that will allow them to advocate for
       social justice for other species and other marginalised groups 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 marginalisation, including that of other species, 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-justice in the analysis of social
           change and empowerment.
  • A social science understanding of key issues pertaining to modern assumptions regarding
           species, and social justice.
  • Critical analysis of the relationship between oppression, empowerment and change in human
    • 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.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      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.


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.

Course Coordinator

Nik Taylor


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online Activities 30% To be completed by 1st June
Minor Essay 22 Apr 2020 30%
Major Essay 08 Jun 2020 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Taylor, Nik; Humans, animals, and society : an introduction to human-animal studies ; Lantern Books, a Division of Booklight, Inc., 2013.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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 .

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