Animal Stories: The Art of Crafting Conservation Narratives
ANST-GA 2500.001 / 3140 / M 4:55-7:25PM / Greenberg
Science might give us the facts, but stories change hearts and minds. In this hands-on, production-driven course, students will engage with professional authors, podcasters, documentarians, screenwriters, video game designers and visual artists and over the course of the semester develop narratives about the nonhuman world. Our production-based inquiries into story will be coupled with a study of the hard science of animal lifecycles and the building blocks of classical dramatic structure.
Trash Animals: The Art of Living in a Human World
ANST-GA 2500.002 / 3139/ T 4:55-7:25PM / Nissim
Cities reshape the evolutionary path of urban wildlife. Synanthropic animals – animals who live near human habitats – are generally drawn to human-made trash and relatively well-adapted to climate change. In this class, we will discuss human-made environments as ecosystems and examine the many animals who live in these ecosystems, the complex relationships between animals and trash, and the different ways in which waste is tightly connected to human consumption and other behaviors. We will also react to these themes in artistic form.
This class sits at the intersection of art, science, and technology. It combines studio practice and research with example case studies and critical texts. Through a series of creative experiments and assignments, students will work to design interventions and creative projects that explore these themes. We will draw attention to what happens when we design spaces with only one species in mind.This class is for students who are eager to develop projects that tell a story, raise awareness, transform perceptions, or inspire change around an environmental justice issue.
Animals, the Environment, and Policy and Praxis in the Anthropocene
ANST-GA 2500.003 / 3141 / R 2-4:30 / MacDonald
Scientists and policy-makers have warned that this is a crucial decade for action. The climate emergency, biodiversity loss, the COVID pandemic, and multiple inequalities among peoples, societies, and species are reshaping life on Earth. In addition, food systems exploit billions of animals, domesticated and wild, and are a major contributor to forest loss, extinction, water pollution, and global heating. These times demand new and strengthened thinking, collaborating, communicating, and advocating to inform and influence policy-making (government, regulatory and institutional) and to bring about a new relationship with the non-human world.
This course will explore how to increase policy protections for animals and the environment and navigate the landscapes of power and influence in which policies are shaped. Students will engage in and test varied facets of policy analysis and advocacy and can “go deep” on topics of particular interest to them. Drawing from the instructor’s experience within global civil society, topics and texts will come from the global North and South, and span researchers and activists, as well as successes, failures, and promising approaches. The course will reflect on current events, including the UN climate summit (COP27) in November 2022.
Sustainability and the Future of Food
ANST-GA 2500.004 / 3183 / W 2:00-4:30PM / Hayek
Raising animals for food is a major driver of climate change and environmental degradation. These impacts are expected to worsen in the future with rising global demand for meat and dairy. Open to students from all backgrounds, this course will demystify the science and economics behind animal agriculture's impacts on Earth's environmental cycles. Students will deepen their critical thinking through readings on sustainability science, animal agriculture, law and policy, and technology. Guest speakers working on real-world environmental and animal protection issues will share stories from their unique careers and innovative strategies to protect animals and the environment. Students will develop their own action plans to address an issue of their choice through research projects, which they will continuously get feedback on and improve throughout the semester.