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Institution: Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798
Course Title: Field Studies in Captive Animal Enrichment (ENV 4613)
Instructor: Heidi Marcum, [email protected]
Summary: This class is designed to provide hands-on training in the enrichment of captive animals through individual and group work, often without direct supervision. Class objectives include: experience in enriching captive animals; hands-on, practical experience with a current environmental problem; experience with designing enrichment activities, taking data and writing up results; experience presenting results using PowerPoint.

Institution: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4801
Course Title: Religion, Ethics, and the Environment (NTRES 407)
Summary: Examines how religion, philosophy, and ethics influence our treatment of nature. Terms like religion, nature, fact, value, knowledge, and public interest are examined in detail. Particular themes include character and moral development, similarities and differences between moral and scientific claims, truth telling, public reason, and property. Also, animals rights versus ecosystem concerns, responsibility to future generations, the limitations of rationalism in ethics, and discussion of whether women approach moral issues differently from men.

Institution: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4801
Course Title: Seminar in Environmental Ethics (NTRES 411)
Summary: Moral concerns relative to the natural environment and agriculture. In successive years, the seminar will focus on such topics as:
1. Animal rights vs. ecosystem concerns.
2. Natural resource management and the concept of the public interest.
3. Environmental ethics in a democratic and pluralistic society.
4. Land use ethics.

Institution: Pace University

Course Title: Animals & Society

Instructor: Prof. Tracy Basile, [email protected]

Summary: Animals & Society stretches our everyday concepts of civic engagement, community, and citizenship to include the nonhuman natural world. A survey of recent articles in a wide range of fields - human psychology, animal behavior, sociology, environmental history, politics, philosophy, and health -- reveals that living with animals is serious business for our own well-being as well as the planet's. Yet, even as we understand more about the lives of animals and the critical roles they play, our society seems ambivalent to acknowledge their real value. Why? What are the underlying causes of this and what can we do about it? Emphasis is on integrating in-class discussions, lectures, and films with students' experiences in the nonprofit world of animal welfare and advocacy. Everyone is required to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours of work at a nonprofit organization whose central mission involves the welfare of animals. In addition, each student will be involved in planning and running on-campus events related to animal welfare. Whenever possible, we will observe animals directly, through fieldtrips, the on-campus farm, and volunteer opportunities. Writing is a key component as this is a Writing Enhanced course, and you will be expected to write and revise real-life and academic assignments while keeping a portfolio of your work. View Course Syllabus

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Institution: University of Idaho

Course Title: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management

Instructor: Gerry Wright, 885-7990, [email protected]

Summary: Objectives of this course include: "1. To examine the history of human associations with wild animals and how they have influenced human development and the evolution of human values and attitudes. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of human society and its relationship to wild animals in North America. 2. To examine how wild animals are viewed by contemporary society and the impacts that contemporary attitudes are having on traditional wildlife management actions.3. To examine the impacts of recreation on wildlife and wildlife responses to recreationalists."

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Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Course Title: Animals in Human Society: Ethical Issues of Animal Use
Instructor: Jo-Ann Shelton, Environmental Studies Program, 805-893-3806, [email protected]
Summary: Identification and exploration of the ethical issues which arise when humans interact with other animals. Analysis of the philosophical debates about the moral status of animals, and examination of the controversies surrounding the extension of human rights concepts to nonhuman animals. Discussion of conflicting attitudes toward the value of animal life in such specific areas as food production, scientific research, recreational activities, pet ownership, and environmental protection.

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