The Inner Life of Animals

Natural Sciences

Course Description

Peter Wohlleben’s latest tour de force is The Inner Life of Animals. He guides us through the latest research into how animals interact with the world, offering us a quantum leap in our understanding and appreciation of the Earth community we are all part of.

This course will ask the following questions: Do bees plan for the future? Do animals dream when they sleep? Do they grieve, feel shame, devotion? Are domesticated animals our prisoners? Do animals possess mirror neurons, the hardware of empathy? Will learning more about the inner lives of animals change the way we relate to their amazingly different ecosystems, their alternate worlds and heightened sensory perceptions? What can animals teach us about ourselves? Do the images we retain from children’s literature colour our feelings?

Other readings we will consider include K.P. Shuker’s The Hidden Powers of Animals:Uncovering the Secrets of Nature and Mary Oliver’s Blue Horses, as well as short literary and scientific selections from Charles Darwin, Jeffrey Masson, Temple Grandin, and others.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 10 AM - 12 PM

Discussion Team: Clare Hallward, Heather Stephens, Esther Spector, Bob Enright

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Reading Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.

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