This course dives deep into the worlds of animals, with a focus on where those worlds coalesce with human, built environments. Drawing from the emergent and innovative fields of multispecies studies, animal studies, animal geographies and ecological psychology, as well as the more established environmental studies, urban ecology, urban geography and environmental planning, this course will enable students to develop a critical and creative engagement with the complex issues and opportunities arising at the intersections of rapid, global urbanization and urban wildlife resilience. This course will cover topics about: animal agency: animal ethics: animal cognition; human-wildlife interactions; interspecies communication; ecological affordances; multispecies justice; urban planning and design; green architecture: novel ecologies; urban rewilding, trans-species urban theory, and urban wildlife policy and management. Prerequisite: Fourth-year standing or by permission of the Instructor; Students with third- year standing may have access subject to space availability and approval from the Faculty.
Programs: Environmental Arts & Justice