Applied Anthrozoology (ANTM103)

30 credits




‘Bringing in’ animals to ethnographic fieldwork and anthropological theory raises several complex issues. If anthropologists consider both the human and nonhuman aspects of human–animal interactions, interactions which are frequently based on inequalities, whose ‘voice’ or experience should take priority? And what should be done in situations where animals might be ‘suffering’ unduly as a result of their enrolment in human social lives? Aside from these pressing questions of loyalties and advocacy, there are other more practical issues concerning the appropriate methodological and theoretical approaches to adopt when conducting what has come to be referred to as ‘multi-species ethnography’. Anthrozoological scholarship has a great deal to contribute not just in advancing theoretical debates but also in terms of improving animal welfare and mitigating human-animal conflict in 'real world' situations. In this module you will consider the important contributions, both theoretical and practical, being made by anthrozoologists, and explore future possibilities. There will be an opportunity for you to draw on your experiences in the workplace (for those already employed in a related field) or to obtain valuable work experience and put your anthrozoological knowledge into practice.

Please note that while assistance can be sought from the Module Convener it is your responsibility to arrange your own work experience placement. If you are unable to find an appropriate work placement, the assessments can be based on your observations of multi-species interactions in an appropriate context.