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Our food system produces a large amount of waste and pollution. Many animal species are in danger of extinction. Industrial animal agriculture kills 100+ billion animals per year and takes up a large part of the available land. Land that used to be the habitat of wild animals. This poses a risk to global health because of potential zoonoses. If we want to create a sustainable world, we need to think about our relationships and way of thinking about nature and animals. 

In this course, we cover a variety of disciplines, including environmental studies, ethics, political science, media studies and psychology. You will gain a critical understanding of the complex relationships between humans, animals, food and nature.  

We will learn about nature, in nature. By having lectures in nature, you will be encouraged to question your relationship with nature. 


Maarten Reesink.


You can find the timetable on Datanose

Entry requirements

This course is open to second-year and third-year UvA Bachelor's students.


Registration is open from 19 to 26 June 2023. For Bachelor's students, registration can be done in the GLASS registration rounds

If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

More information

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

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