FIRST YEAR SEMINAR COURSE OFFERING

Animals, Life, Death, Kindness and Sin

Professor: C. Hirschler

Term: Fall

Year: 2012

Course Code: FY-101-HE03

Animals, Life, Death, Kindness, and Sin will introduce students to the varied and complex ways in which animals contribute to human well-being and illness. Students will expand their understanding of the biological, social, psychological, environmental, occupational, spiritual, and cultural implications associated with the use of, and relationships with, animals. Students will critically examine cultural beliefs and practices that impact the well-being of humans, animals, and the planet. Students will be required to provide service for approximately 6 hours at the MCSPCA (located 2 miles from campus) as "cat socializers" or Thrift Store workers. Students must be available for training and service hours at the MCSPCA on 3 Saturdays in mid-September to early October. This service learning experience will engage students in the community, facilitate deep learning, and provide an opportunity to bond with non-human animals and classmates.

Lab Fee: The laboratory fee for this course will cover the cost associated with a required background check mandated by the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA) for all volunteer applicants.