The course, Critical Animal Studies: Animals in Society, Culture and the Media is the first of its kind at a Swedish university. In the spring of 2016 the course is given for the fifth time. This course offers a critical exploration of how a shifting economic, scientific, political and media-shaped landscape assigns various roles and values to animals in contemporary Western society, and the consequences for living conditions of animals and humans alike. The course integrates innovative critical animal studies research from a range of areas such as sociology, media and communication studies, philosophy, cultural studies, geography, gender studies and critical race studies. We meet once a week over a period of ten weeks. The course includes both lectures by the course leaders, presentations by specially invited guest lecturers and seminars. The structure of the course is highly interactive, discussion-based and relies on the active engagement of all participants in order to develop our collective knowledge of the complex issues involved.