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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.

This year’s course is largely online based (via Zoom and Canvas), due to covid-19 restrictions, the physical campus meetings may be turned into digital .
The course consists of four main blocks including a number of compulsory online elements:

January 17, 2022 (indroduction)
March 31 – February 2
March 2 – 4 (Skara)
May 16 – 18

(For more details see schedule)

MP0009 Nature and Animal Assisted Interventions, 15.0 Credits

Nature and Animal Assisted Interventions

Syllabus approved

2020-12-03

Subjects

Environmental Psychology

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits and English 6

Objectives

The 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.

Content

In 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 examination

Participation 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.

Other information

  • 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.

Additional information

The course is given as a distance course, with mandatory Campus meetings, at 50% speed.

Responsible department

Department of People and Society

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0263, LK0307, LK0344
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-being - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 27500 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Environmental Psychology
Course code: MP0009 Application code: SLU-30258 Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of People and Society Pace: 50%