SCHOOL OF COMPASSION STUDIES:::
Compassion for Animals works to reduce human-caused harm to animals, primarily through educating people on animal-friendly lifestyles and cultivating empathy and respect for the nonhumans with whom we share the earth.
:::.The goal of School of Compassion Studies.:::
is to sensitize young people to animal issues, and to nurture their potential for compassion towards those sentient beings who are considered "subhuman." Although the educational system offers humane education at the elementary level, very little exists at the secondary level. Considering that adolescence is the time when young people stop seeing themselves as "children" and begin to see themselves as "adults," it is imperative that the animal-abusive parts of adult culture do not become for them synonymous with "growing up."
Students trace the history and shape of this emerging academic field and its relation to various other academic disciplines and sciences. In addition, students examine a range of social, public policy, conceptual, environmental, ethical and philosophical implications of the field’s emergence. Classes are conducted in the manner of a tutorial, and students will undertake both group work and a number of individualized writing projects.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Learning Objectives. :::
Students should be able to:
# think critically about different senses of "Human Animal bond";
# identify the definition of "Compassionate living" that they will use in their own work;
# explain why critical thinking and basic factual information are so important to the study of Humane Education; and,
# describe why the study of animals across different traditions and cultures creates interesting problems and possibilities.
COURSE OBJECTIVES. :::
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: KIND TO ANIMALS and the earth. And feel the empowerment to change the world that comes with being a thoughtful, concerned and compassionate citizen.!
Although this definition of "Humane Education" focuses on human-animal relationships, we do not underestimate the importance of improving on other relationships: on how humans treat other humans, how we treat the non-sentient environment, or how we treat ourselves. A "humane culture" would be a culture where all these relationships would be based on a non-violent intelligence. However, given that human-animal relationships are much more neglected in the secondary curriculum than programs on social justice, environmentalism, or even human development, we strive to fill that particular gap with empowering programs on human-animal topics. And although there exists sociological research showing that violence toward animals leads to violence toward humans, we do not hold that this is the only reason that violence to animals is undesirable; we believe that all violence to animals is undesirable in and of itself.
When we teach a student to be kind to animals, we help pave the way to a brighter future for all living beings. Animals benefit because the next generation has learned to treat them with respect and compassion, reducing instances of animal cruelty. Students benefit because learning about compassion and empathy early in life builds moral character, reduces violence, and builds a sense of empowerment and responsibility. And society as a whole benefits when its members are more caring towards each other and the animals who live among us.
Unfortunately, not all students are taught to be kind to animals. This gap may lead them to tease animals or otherwise disregard their feelings; in the worst cases, it can lead to acts of animal cruelty.
EXPLORATORY ACTIVITIES . :::
Analyze Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and what an organism requires in terms of habitat (food, water, shelter and space), then apply this to companion animals.
Explore ways that humans can create a more compassionate world for all living beings
Read about and discuss current, relevant issues.
Visit the Animal Service Centers.
Work together to collect food, towels, and other items to benefit Shelter animals.
NOTE regarding POSSIBILITY OF CLASS PUBLICATION: :::
If enough students are interested, we may try to publish student papers and reports along with similar writing by students. A publication could take many different forms—a journal, publication at a website, book format, or some other medium.
We have introduced for the very first time in India about six months Diploma and four months certificate courses in COMPASSIONATE STUDIES affiliated with International Tamil University, USA.
Dr.Mariyappan M.Sc.,M.B.A.,M.Phil.,PGDOR.,PGDFM.,Ph.D(Maths).,Ph.D(Mgt)., - Director of Distance Learning
Dr.C.Antony Cruz - M.A.,M.Phil.,Ph.D., - HOD
Dr.Senthil Kumar M.Sc.,M.Phil.,Ph.D., - Course Advisor
Dr.Selvakumar M.A.,M.Phil.,Ph.D., - Workshops Facilitator
Prof.G.Ravindran M.A.,M.Phil., - Faculty