Humane Leadership

Department Course Offerings

  • HL600 Humane Education

    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

  • HL606 Applied Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Thinking

    The purpose of this course is twofold; it is designed to challenge the students to evaluate and enhance their own critical thinking and creative problem solving skills in order that they may better understand the cognitive processes necessary to help others examine issues of animal welfare more critically and creatively. Students will engage in activities that enhance their own higher level thinking skills of analysis, evaluation and synthesis. In addition students will engage in activities designed to enhance their creative problem solving skills. Students will then apply these skills to analyzing a current animal protection issue, presenting the actual facts about the issue and developing new solutions to problems related to this issue. 3 credits

  • HL607 Communication Skills for Animal Protection Professionals

    Animal protection professionals are often called upon to be both advocates and educators. Superior communication skills are necessary in order to convey the intended message and open the door to the possibility of educating the public about non-human animal issues. This course will build on the skills learned in the Applied Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving course and will enable students to achieve their animal protection goals through better communication. The course will systematically guide students through the process of building their own “toolboxes” of communication and argumentation strategies. 3 credits

  • HL610 Animal Assisted Interventions for Youth-At-Risk

    Animal assisted activities and animal assisted therapy programs may have the capacity to improve social and cognitive skills, to improve awareness of animal care needs, and to reduce aggression and other problem behaviors among emotionally troubled, economically disadvantaged, adjudicated and other youth-at-risk. Shelter-based dog training programs also may have the capacity to improve adoption chances and reduce relinquishment. The course examines the convergence of theories of human-animal bond and the analysis of the risk and protective factors related to youth violence. Specific animal assisted programs for youth-at-risk, mechanisms of change, best practices, program-related animal welfare issues, and program outcomes will be examined. 3 credits

  • HL616 Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence

    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

  • HL631 Human Resources and Volunteer Management

    The course will review the human resource management body of knowledge and explore methods and practices related to the successful management of both paid and volunteer staff in the context of animal care and protection organizations. It provides an overview of the management of human resources in organizations, examining the major issues in creating a productive workforce and fostering effective employee/management relationships. The course addresses such topics as job design, recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, incentive programs, total compensation approaches, and strategies for their implementation, employee rights, labor relations, and the collective bargaining process as well as development and implementation of volunteer programs. 3 credits

  • HL632 Organizational Culture and Leadership

    This course is designed to introduce and educate students about the dimensions of organizational culture and how it can be influenced by leaders. It will examine how leaders develop, maintain or change an organization’s culture. Discussions include major approaches to change and transformation that relate to all types of organizations including non-profits. Topics addressed include what culture is and does, the dimensions of culture, how to study and interpret culture, the role of leadership in building culture, the evolution of culture and leadership, and learning cultures and learning leaders. 3 credits

  • HL633 Fundraising for Animal Care and Protection Organizations

    This course examines fundraising strategies specific to non-profit settings, particularly animal care and protection organizations. The course looks at how to develop fundraising plans, meet legal and ethical obligations, identify donor audiences, and use technology and the Internet to optimum advantage. 3 credits

  • HL637 Finance for Managers

    Managers from every organization should be able to understand financial information contained in financial statements and reports. This course trains students in the interpretation and use of basic financial information with a special focus on nonprofit organizations. 3 credits

  • HL638 Measuring Organizational Performance and Impact of Animals

    This course will examine performance measurement and impact assessment in animal protection work. The course provides frameworks and application exercises related to performance measurement, benchmarking, and impact analysis for animal care and advocacy organizations. 3 credits

  • HL640 Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

    Studying human-animal interactions is rich with opportunities to implement well-designed research from a variety of perspectives. Conducting this research serves the anthrozoological field well by adding or building upon the existing empirical work. This course sets the stage for the Field Placement and Thesis courses. Through experiential assignments, students will review a variety of qualitative and quantitative research approaches and apply these to their chosen research project. Students will benefit by identifying their cumulative project in this course, although this is not essential. 3 credits

  • HL797 Field Placement

    Students will complete an approved applied research project or a field placement designed in conjunction with a Faculty Advisor and a Field Instructor. Both the research project or field practice requires a written proposal and must be approved by the respective Department Chair. 3 credits

  • HL798 Thesis I

    The thesis courses assist the student in integrating and applying the knowledge gained from courses taken in the program and their field experience. The student will be able to translate the skills s/he developed as a result of course work as well as from experiences outside of the classroom into a project that will add to the field of Human-Animal Bond or help solve practical problems that workers and organizations face on a daily basis. The thesis courses are expected to span at least six months, but no more than 18 months. Students will be awarded 6 credits (Pass/Fail) for completion of these two courses. 3 credits

  • HL799 Thesis II

    The thesis courses assist the student in integrating and applying the knowledge gained from courses taken in the program and their field experience. The student will be able to translate the skills s/he developed as a result of course work as well as from experiences outside of the classroom into a project that will add to the field of Human-Animal Bond or help solve practical problems that workers and organizations face on a daily basis. The thesis courses are expected to span at least six months, but no more than 18 months. Students will be awarded 6 credits (Pass/Fail) for completion of these two courses. 3 credits