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2012 SAIL Curricular Projects

Considering Animals

On site July 8-18, 2012 in Washington, DC

In the year following the on-site portion of the Considering Animals seminar, participants drew upon the content from the seminar to develop innovative, interdisciplinary curricula, such as courses, sequences, modules, and class exercises and assignments.


Beloit College

Module of Emphasis - Psychology of Humans Towards Animals

Kristin Bonnie, Assistant Professor of Psychology

This module will be used in a seminar course designed for junior and senior psychology majors (and interested/qualified biology majors) as an elective capstone to the curriculum. The course begins and ends with modules addressing the psychology (attitudes, behaviors, etc.) of humans towards animals across time and context.

Kathryn M.S. Johnson, Associate Professor of Biology

In advanced science courses, students are often asked to analyze scientific arguments, but they have little practice transferring these analytical skills into a novel context. In this activity, students enrolled in a neurobiology course engage in a collaborative analysis of a philosophy reading to apply their critical analysis skills, enhance their understanding of cognition (through comparison of humans and non-human animals), connect cognition to other neurobiological concepts, and further their ability to develop an argument by analyzing evidence from other disciplines.

Grinnell College

A Joint Assignment across Three Courses

Lesley Wright, Director of the Faulconer Gallery and Lecturer in Art
Vicki Bentley-Condit, Professor of Anthropology
Jonathan (Jackie) Brown, Professor of Biology

Every discipline brings different skills and emphases to the task of learning to “see,” particularly within disciplinary methodology. In looking at animals, students can gain from practicing and/or discussing different exercises intended to help them observe animals as a means of collecting information. With a little coordination, faculty can assign these exercises at the same point in the semester, and then bring students together to share what they have learned.

Lake Forest College

Janet McCracken, Professor of Philosophy
Glenn Adelson, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

Proposal to establish a Minor in Animals and Society at Lake Forest College.