552.295 (20S) Specialized Topics in Cultural Studies: Humans and Other Animals – Blind Spots and Untold Stories

Sommersemester 2020

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16.03.2020 12:00 - 15:30 , N.0.45
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LV-Titel englisch
Specialized Topics in Cultural Studies: Humans and Other Animals – Blind Spots and Untold Stories
LV-Art
Proseminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
3.0
Anmeldungen
7 (25 max.)
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
LV-Beginn
16.03.2020
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs

LV-Beschreibung

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

Nonhuman animals are an integral part of human societies through their presence as companion animals and movie characters, as bearers of wisdom in fairy tales and ancient myths; but also as involuntary providers of commodities like leather, fur, down, wool and food, as test objects in medical research facilities, and as trophies hunted in the wild. Their presence is ubiquitous and their pervasive influence is felt in nearly all aspects of human life. Some are much loved and well cared for, while others remain nameless and faceless objects turned into commodities for human use. Most human-animal relationships are shaped by speciesism, which is defined as a prejudice similar to racism or sexism. It allows humans to discriminate and exploit nonhuman animals and “to do with animals as they please” because they are “only animals.” Defining this attitude towards nonhuman animals and giving it a name is an attempt to make this form of discrimination visible and emphasize the importance of considering its real-life consequences. Richard Ryder, who coined the term in 1970, says that “the struggle against speciesism is not a sideshow; it is one of the main arenas of moral and psychological change in the world today. It is part of a new and enlarged vision of peace and happiness” (2000).  This struggle is meaningful in an age of “new media, climate change, environmental catastrophe, terrorism, biotechnology, population growth, and globalization,” which are issues that “require a change of perception — a new, less anthropocentric, vision for a new century” (Vandersommers, 2016). First and foremost, however, this struggle is meaningful for nonhuman animals in their own right.

Lehrmethodik

lecture, class discussion, group work, oral and written student contributions 

Inhalt/e

Course participants will:

- be introduced to the field of Human-Animal Studies

- develop an understanding of joint systems of oppression affecting human and nonhuman animals

- understand mechanisms and opportunities of social change

Literatur

will be announced in class

Prüfungsinformationen

Prüfungsmethode/n

regular attendance (and active participation), oral contribution (in-class presentation), written end-of-term assignment (the specifics will be announced in class at the beginning of the course)

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Lehramtsstudium Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 344, Version: 04W.7)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Culture Studies (Pflichtfach)
        • Cultures in Close-Up ( 1.0h PS / 2.0 ECTS)
          • 552.295 Specialized Topics in Cultural Studies: Humans and Other Animals – Blind Spots and Untold Stories (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Lehramtsstudium Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 344, Version: 04W.7)
    • 1.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Linguistic Basis (Pflichtfach)
        • Cultures in Close-Up ( 1.0h PS / 2.0 ECTS)
          • 552.295 Specialized Topics in Cultural Studies: Humans and Other Animals – Blind Spots and Untold Stories (2.0h PS / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.2)
    • Fach: Fachliches Grundstudium Culture (Pflichtfach)
      • 6.3 Specialized Topics in Cultural Studies ( 0.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.295 Specialized Topics in Cultural Studies: Humans and Other Animals – Blind Spots and Untold Stories (2.0h PS / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 4. Semester empfohlen

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