HL316 Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence

Course Description

This course explores the relationship between cruelty to animals and interpersonal violence. The course examines the correlation between cruelty to animals, child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and teen violence and reviews the roles of community level partnerships and interventions involving humane societies, social service providers, and law enforcement agencies in promoting non-violence. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the historical origins of the idea of a connection between cruelty to nonhuman-animals and other forms of violence
  • Differentiate definitions of cruelty, abuse, and maltreatment and understand the cultural and historical contexts of such definitions
  • Identify major trends in the development of laws protecting nonhuman-animals and responding to various forms of cruelty to nonhuman-animals

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Cultural and Legal Definitions of Cruelty
  • Animal Cruelty and Animal Behavior
  • Child Abuse and Cruelty to Animals
  • Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse
  • Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Sanctioned Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Merz-Perez, L. & Heide, K. (2003). Animal Cruelty: Pathway to Violence Against People Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, CA.
  • Linzey, A. (2009). The Link Between Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence, Portland, Oregon: Sussex Academic Press.