HL300 Humane Education

Course Description

This course examines the history and theory behind the teaching of kindness to animals and explores some of the most important topics in contemporary studies of humane education. These topics include the development of empathy, the theory of transference, controversy inherent in teaching ethical subject matter, how humane education is situated within other educational frameworks, and the evaluation of humane education’s impacts and outcomes. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Examine and analyze ethical and controversial issues in the humane education field.
  • Examine assessment and evaluation research in humane education.
  • Design a series of humane education lessons, appropriate to context.

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Exploration of the meaning and history of humane education
  • The human-animal bond, and children’s relationships with and views of animals
  • Applications and Interdisciplinary Connections; Lesson Planning
  • Teaching Ethical Issues and Controversial Topics
  • Situating Humane Education within Other Educational Frameworks
  • Assessments and Evaluation of Humane Education
  • Animal Cruelty and Education

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Weil, Z. 2009. Most Good, Least Harm. Atria Books/Beyond Words.
  • Weil, Z. 2004. The Power and Promise of Humane Education. Canada: New Society.
  • Bekoff, M. 2007. The Emotional Lives of Animals. Novato, California: New World Library.