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Animals Matter: Transforming Perspectives through Human-Animal Studies

This course is open for applications from May 1 – May 31

This course covers various aspects of the dynamic and expanding interdisciplinary field of human-animal studies, sometimes known as critical animal studies, to which students are given a general introduction.

The course thus introduces students to the field with special emphasis on how it is approached from a number of different disciplines, including philosophy, literary studies, art history, history, geography and anthropology. The course highlights how these disciplines work together to study and critically analyse human relations to nonhuman animals.

The course deals with its topic in practice by discussing relevant examples of human representations of, thinking about, uses of, and interaction with nonhuman animals, both historically and today. Students are also introduced to the terminology and different theoretical approaches within human-animal studies, and their application to practical examples.

Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.

Admission Requirements

Course specific:

To apply for the course you must either be enrolled in a bachelor's degree, have a bachelor's degree or have passed a qualifying entry examination.    


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about admission here.


Sune Borkfelt


Sune Borkfelt is lecturer, researcher and Ph.D in English Literature and Critical Animal Studies from Aarhus University.