The Inner Life of Animals

Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Course Description

Peter Wohlleben's latest tour de force is The Inner Life of Animals. He opens a window onto the latest research into how animals interact with the world, shedding new light on 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? How can we change the way we relate to animals' amazingly different ecosystems, 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.

Book to purchase (will be available to purchase at Argo Bookshop):

    • The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben (9781771643016)

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 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: Tuesday 16 March 2021

Course Length: 12 weeks, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

Degree Credit: Yes

Course Fee:

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

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. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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