Nature and Animal Assisted Interventions
Nature assisted interventions make use of plants, other natural elements or companion animals, as part of programmes for prevention, treatment or rehabilitation in health care settings and other institutions (e.g. jails) or everyday settings as schools, workplaces and housing for elderly.
Based on the current knowledge and state of the art of nature assisted intervention students will learn in what way plants, other natural elements and companion animals can add to restoration, rehabilitation and treatment for humans’ health and well-being; both as part of different institutions and as programmes for life-style changes which make nature assisted interventions part of everyday life. The course is divided into two main sections: The first section will focus on the interaction between human and plants and other natural elements, while the second part will focus on the interaction between human and animals, with specific focus on companion animals.
The course comprises lectures, literature seminars, study visits, project work, exercises and a scientific paper.
18-20 January 2021
Information from the course leader
Please note the mandatory introduction on Monday January 11th at 10-12. If you intent to take the course it is important that you participate and confirm that you are taking the course.
You will receive important information about the course that starts on the 18th of January with lectures and exercises the first day of Module 1. If you are not planning of taking the course please let us know already now. It is important that you do not take up space for students that want to take their course-
Registration on Ladok is open from 11-18 January BUT please register already on the 11th as the course will run from January 18th and there are already mandatory moments that first meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting on Monday January 11th, at 10-12.
Literature for NAAI 2021
Dear all, There is no mandatory literature in the course but we will recommend some literature related to the lectures and exercises during the course. We will provide you with the necessary information at the start of the course. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org Kind regards, Anna María
The course evaluation is not yet activatedThe course evaluation is open between 2021-05-30 and 2021-06-20
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Academic year 2019/2020Nature and Animal Assisted Interventions (LK0344-30027) 2020-01-20 - 2020-06-07
LK0344 Nature and Animal Assisted Interventions, 15.0 CreditsNature and Animal Assisted Interventions
Education cycleSecond cycle
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 120 credits and English 6
ObjectivesThe course focuses on how natural elements as plants and animals can be actively used in treatments, rehabilitation and made part of different programs for prevention and the promotion of healthy everyday habits in different user groups.
After completion of the course the student should be able to:
• Describe and discuss how nature can be used in prevention, treatment and the rehabilitation of different target groups.
• Identify and analyse the specific role of plants, animals and other elements of nature in an intervention.
• Develop programs for nature assisted interventions.
• Reflect on the use of nature assisted interventions in relation to different professional practices.
• Critically assess animal suitability for animal assisted interventions
• Consider the ethical implications of involving people and animals in nature assisted interventions.
ContentIn nature assisted interventions plants, animals and other elements of nature make up an integrated part of treatments and programmes for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The course focus on how this interaction with nature when made part of treatments and programmes in a considerate way can add to people´s health, well-being. The course contains one section specifically focusing on the use of plants, and another section focusing on the assistance of animals in an intervention. The course comprises lectures, literature seminars, study visits, project work, exercises and a scientific paper. Written assignments, oral presentation of exercises and participation in seminars and field trips are mandatory.
The course combines mandatory Campus meetings with tasks carried out independently. Different Campus meetings can be held at different SLU Campuses (Alnarp, Skara and/or Umeå).
Formats and requirements for examinationParticipation in compulsory elements. Approved participation in seminars. Successful completion of exercises. Passed scientific paper.
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
- The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
- If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.