The department is excited to announce the launch of a new post-graduate module in animal studies (at both Honours SOC 739 and Masters SOC 839 levels) for the second semester in 2019. The module Animals and the Environment focuses on the relations between animals, environmental change and human cultural mediation.
The course is funded by the Animals and Society Institute (ASI) and is part of the fifth Annual Human-Animal Studies International Development Project (HASIDP), which aims to provide one non-American university per year the resources to build human-animal research programmes.
The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at UWC has been selected as the recipient of the award in 2019. The department will receive financial and consultative support in order to create and market the modules, for administrative assistance, and towards the cultivation of institutional and extra-institutional partners. As part of the award, the university will also host a visiting senior HAS Fellow.
Students will be exposed to a wide range of expert lecturers and researchers drawn from different disciplines, faculties and institutions. They will also be taken on field trips, attend movie screenings and presentations by activists and animal and environmental protection professionals.
There are six (6) small bursaries available at Honours and Masters levels—R10 000 (Honours) and R20 000 (Masters). Students are required to register for the module as well as select a topic of research within the broad field of Human Animal Studies (HAS) for their thesis.
If you are interested registering for this module in 2019 and would like to apply for financial assistance, please send a letter of motivation and possible research topic to the convener, Dr Sharyn Spicer firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for application for funding is 31 January 2019.
POTENTIAL RESEARCH THEMES AND TOPICS IN ANIMAL STUDIES