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Animal Studies: An Introduction

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Kod przedmiotu: WSM.IE-S205D Kod Erasmus / ISCED: (brak danych) / (brak danych)
Nazwa przedmiotu: Animal Studies: An Introduction
Jednostka: Instytut Europeistyki
Punkty ECTS i inne: 5.00
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Język prowadzenia: angielski

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr zimowy 2019/2020" (zakończony)

Okres: 2019-10-01 - 2020-01-28
Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Wykład, 30 godzin, 30 miejsc więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Przemysław Tacik
Prowadzący grup: Przemysław Tacik
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Egzamin
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Cele kształcenia:

(tylko po angielsku) The aim of the course is to provide a general introduction into the relatively new cross-disciplinary field of knowledge - animal studies. Having completed the course, the student will have general knowledge basic concepts, intuitions and theories that build up contemporary animal studies. He/she will know basic texts of the discipline and will be able to seek further information if necessary. Additionally, the student will enrich his/her reading and discussion skills. He/she will be able to apply animal studies approaches in everyday life and in his/her work.

Efekty kształcenia:

(tylko po angielsku) K_W03 has ordered and extended knowledge of terminology used in the humanities and social sciences.

K_W20 has ordered knowledge about the principles and norms of ethics.

K_U05 is capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.

K_U06 has the ability to form opinions and judgements that include reflection on and respect for (contrary) points of view deriving from other researches and participants in the discussion

K_K07 can apply his or her knowledge and understanding in occupational contexts

Wymagania wstępne:

(tylko po angielsku) None

Forma i warunki zaliczenia:

(tylko po angielsku) In order to pass the participants need to submit an essay on a subject from the area of animal studies. The essay needs to have at least 7 pages of standard format. It should be written in English (in academic language) and include footnotes and bibliography. It may be also submitted in the student's native language (provided it is Polish, French, German, Italian or Spanish), but in this case the final note will be automatically reduced by one grade.

The essay should be submitted until 2 February 2020, 23:59

Admissibility condition: active participation in classes. Max. 2 classes may be missed and every student needs to take part in discussion.

Metody sprawdzania i kryteria oceny efektów kształcenia uzyskanych przez studentów:

(tylko po angielsku) Students will be assessed according to the following criteria:

1) general knowledge on animal studies,

2) ability to read texts critically,

3) logic and cohesion of arguments,

4) ability to discuss animal studies-related issues,

5) originality of proposed ideas.

Metody dydaktyczne - słownik:

Metody eksponujące - ekspozycja
Metody podające - anegdota
Metody podające - objaśnienie lub wyjaśnienie
Metody praktyczne - metoda przewodniego tekstu
Metody problemowe - klasyczna metoda problemowa
Metody problemowe - metody aktywizujące - dyskusja dydaktyczna
Metody problemowe - metody aktywizujące - metoda przypadków
Metody problemowe - metody aktywizujące - seminarium

Bilans punktów ECTS:

(tylko po angielsku) Participation in class: 30 hours (1 ECTS)

Student’s individual work:

- Reading of texts: 60 hours (2 ECTS)

- Preparation for the exam: 30 hours (1 ECTS)

Sum: 120 hours (4 ECTS)

Grupa treści kształcenia:

Grupa treści kształcenia do wyboru

Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

1. Who are animals? What are animal studies?

The transformation in the perception of animals in Western culture of the 20th century. The emergence of animal studies. Cross-disciplinary character. Methods and approaches. Animal studies v. animality studies, posthumanism and critical animal studies.

Text for discussion: Kari Weil, Thinking animals: Why animal studies now?

2. Human and non-human animals in the Western tradition

Position of animals in Western thinking. Anthropocentrism. Concepts of conscience and reason. Division of animals. Spectres of “brutality”. Non-human animality as a space of exception. Non-human animals as things and property. Non-human animals as pets.

Texts for discussion: selected readings from Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinus, René Descartes, Immanuel Kant, G.W.F. Hegel, Heidegger

3. Animal liberation

Animal liberation movement. Perception of “specieism”. Ethics of human and non-human relations. Criticism of non-human animals’ exploitation.

Text for discussion: Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

4. Vegetarianism and Veganism

History of vegetarianism and veganism. Vegetarianism in various cultures and religions. Philosophical and ethical discussions about vegetarianism and veganism.

Texts for discussion: selected readings on the history of vegetarianism

5. Jacques Derrida and animal studies (I): how are we animals?

Deconstruction of the human and non-human relationship. Non-human animals and language. Self-definition of humanity. Ethics of eating animals. “Us” as animals.

Text for discussion: Jacques Derrida, The Animal that Therefore I Am (More to Follow)

6. Jacques Derrida and animal studies (II): animals in politics

Humans, non-human animals and politics. Sovereignty v. animality. What political space do animals inhabit?

Text for discussion: Jacques Derrida, The Beast and the Sovereign

7. Animal studies and literature

Human portrayal of animals. Speaking for animals / can animals speak for themselves?

Text for discussion: Michel Faber, Under the Skin

8. Animals in the social field

Does nature has to be an object? Participation of non-human animals in human society. Do they need and can they have a spokesperson?

Text for discussion: Will Kymlicka, Zoopolis

9. Animals and law

How do norms apply to non-human animals? Natural law v. positive law. Protection of non-human animals.

Text for discussion: laws concerning protection of non-human animals

10. Animals and art

Non-human animals in art. Human as animals in art. Art by non-human animals: boundaries. Copyright issues.

11. Animals in theology and postsecular thought

Position of non-human animals in various religions. Anthropocentrism of Western theology. Souls and salvation of animals in Judaism and Christianity. Buddhist universality? Humans as animals after the death of God. Postsecular community of human and non-human animals.

Text for discussion: Giorgio Agamben, The Open. Man and Animal

One class will be devoted to a study trip to the Kraków zoo. We will analyse how it is constructed, what messages and ideologies it conveys and what perception of hierarchies between animals it produces.

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

Basic literature:

- texts indicated above, discussed in class

- Paul Waldau, Animal studies: an introduction, Oxford 2013

- The Oxford handbook of animal studies, Oxford 2014

Supplementary literature:

- Dawne McCance, Critical animal studies: an introduction, Albany 2013

- Undisciplined animals: invitations to animal studies, Cambridge 2013

- Routledge handbook of human-animal studies, London 2014

- Élisabeth de Fontanay, Le silence des bêtes. La philosophie à l'epreuve de l'animalité, Points, Paris 2015

Opisy przedmiotów w USOS i USOSweb są chronione prawem autorskim.
Właścicielem praw autorskich jest Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie.