Animals & Society

Animals & Society

Academic Year 2023/2024 - 1st Semester
18:00 - 20:00

This course aims to:

1) provide fundamental knowledge in the interdisciplinary area of Human-Animal Studies, thus contributing to the construction and consolidation of this scientific area in Portugal;
2) provide a differentiating educational offer in the panorama of higher education in Portugal, by focusing on the studies of the relationships between humans and animals, from the structuring axis of the social sciences;
3) contribute to the implementation of the Human-Animal Studies area in Portugal, as foreseen in the ICS-ULisboa application to the International Development Fund of the Animals and Society Institute, in 2019.


By attending this course, students should be able to:

  • identify the main analytical axes of Human-Animal Studies, its main theoretical-methodological paradigms, theories and concepts; to know the main multispecies methodologies, and to know how to discuss their advantages and limits;
  • know how to identify and discuss the main areas in which human/non-human relationships are built, with impacts for all species (health, environment, politics, legal, ethics, private life, media and symbolic representations, art, literature, among others ), in different contexts (rural/urban, wild/domestic; family and personal life; food consumption; other types of consumption; entertainment and leisure; among others);
  • know how to critically problematize the situation of non-human animals, their living conditions and well-being, placing them in the context of power relations with other species, human and non-human;
  • know how to reflect creatively on how to apply this knowledge to their professional practice, namely in contact with non-human species.

Target Audience

This course is aimed at candidates with a degree in the most diverse areas of knowledge that specifically focus on studying relationships between humans and other animals. Candidates who work directly in the area of ​​human-animal relations, or whose activity and interests intersect with the theme, are also welcome: lawyers, health professionals, social workers, public administration, NGO agents, animal advocacy organizations, among others.


Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond (Universidade de San Diego, Califórnia)
Alexandra Reis Moreira (FD-ULisboa)
Andrea Pavoni (DINÂMIA-IUL)
Breno Vilela (Universidade Estadual da Paraíba)
Eveline Baptistella (Universidade de Mato Grosso)
Fernando Araújo (FD-ULisboa)
Filipa Soares (ICS-ULisboa)
Francisco Petrucci-Fonseca (FC-ULisboa)
Guilherme de Sá (Universidade de Brasília, Brasil)
Inês Real (FD-ULisboa)
Joana Catela (ICS-ULisboa)
João Brandão Rodrigues (The Donkey Sanctuary)
João Graça (ICS-ULisboa)
Juan Patino Martinez (FMB, Cabo Verde)
Jussara Rowland (ICS-ULisboa)
Kênia Mara Gaedtke (Instituto Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil)
Leonor Galhardo (Académica Independente)
Lisa Mestrinho (FMV-ULisboa)
Maria Esther Maciel (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil)
Mónica Truninger (ICS-ULisboa)
Ricardo R. Santos (ISAMB, FM-ULisboa)
Rui Pedro Fonseca (CIES-IUL)
Sofia Biscaia (Universidade de Aveiro)
Sofia Serra-Silva (ICS-ULisboa)
Teresa Líbano Monteiro (ICS-ULisboa)
Verónica Policarpo (ICS-ULisboa)
Viriato Soromenho Marques (FL-ULisboa)

Classes will be taught in an online environment, on the Zoom platform, with a minimum duration of two hours, and a frequency of two classes per week, throughout the first semester. Classes will be recorded and made available to students on the Fénix platform or on the Youtube channel (restricted and with password-protected access), as additional material for consultation and study, for a period of one week, after which they will be eliminated. Study materials will be made available on the Fenix platform, in the course area.

Curricular Units ECTS
Multispecies Studies and Human-Animal Relations 3 ECTS
Animals, Contexts, and Socials Practices 3 ECTS
Animals, Territory and Habitats 7 ECTS
Animals, Exploitation, and Consumption 3 ECTS
Animals, Representations, and Narratives 5 ECTS
Animals and Politics 2 ECTS
Animals, Quality of Live, Aging and Death 5 ECTS
Animal Law and Animal Rights 2 ECTS


The candidate must have higher education, being admitted several areas of knowledge, taking into account precisely the interdisciplinary nature of the area of Human-Animal Studies. Candidates with training in Social Sciences and Humanities (Sociology, Geography, History, Anthropology, Social Work, Literature, Psychology, Philosophy, Law, etc.) Biology, Veterinary Science, etc.).

The postgraduate course is also open to candidates who work directly in the area of human-animal relations, or whose activity and interests intersect with the theme: lawyers, health professionals, social workers, public administration, NGO agents, advocacy organizations animal, etc.


Applications 2024/2025:

1st Call: 10th April 2024 [14h00] to 30th June 2024 [17h00]

2nd Call: 15th July 2024 [14h00] to 30th August 2024 [17h00]

Applications exclusively online through FenixEdu:

If you already have an ICS account, you must use your Campus/Edu credentials to apply. You can regain access to your ULisboa account at:

If you have never been an ICS student, you must register at:

If you do not remember your ICS Fénix access data, you must regain access at:

The application costs €50.

Candidates should submit their application with the following documents:

  • Certificate of Qualifications;
  • Academic, scientific and professional curriculum;
  • Letter of Motivation;

The validity of the application implies the payment of the respective fee.


Candidates who, at the end of the application period, meet the access requirements will be selected.

Number of placements : 35 

The Postgraduate course will only take place if the necessary quorum is reached.