HUMN 317 S091: Animal Ethics + Creativity

Creativity is a part of the day-to-day flourishing of all beings. Humans and other beings creatively problem-solve, produce knowledge and meaning, communicate with others, and play. Human creativity is generated in relation to other life forms; throughout history, other animals, plant-life and mineral bodies have played a central role in how meaning is made in human cultures. This course examines the relationality between humans and other lifeforms. It looks at the physical involvement of other animals in knowledge creation, and how other animals are represented in text, visual and auditory forms. The course asks students to consider how the involvement of other animals in creative processes and their outcomes have consequences for both humans and other animals. Critical thought from a range of disciplines is examined, such as ethics of care, ecofeminism, biology, philosophy, zoosemiotics, ecopoetics, indigenous thought, fiction. The course includes lectures and readings, and students will participate in discussions, presentations and written assignments.

Course content: 

This Spring 2022 iteration of the course focuses on our relations with nonhuman animals, and the ecologies we share in this age of climate change, species extinction and habitat loss due to anthropogenic forces. The course integrates critical thought with an exploration into new forms of compassionate and respectful representation in visual, auditory and text-based forms. Readings are offered from a range of disciplines: critical animal studies, ethics of care, ecofeminism, naturalist studies, ecopoetics, indigenous methodologies, fiction. The course explores how students can integrate learning in this territory with their own creative practices.



Completion of 51 credits

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ONLINE course. TOPIC - see website for details.
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Date / Time Days Room Building
Jan 4-Apr 16