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This course is designed to encourage students to begin to think about how and why animals are so integral to human society. Utilising case studies of current hot topics in animal welfare, we examine human-animal relationships; how they originated, the process of domestication, changing attitudes throughout time and humankind's moral and ethical obligation to animals. This subject contains presentations from international experts to compliment lectures and tutorials exploring the diverse roles of animals as pets, pests, wildlife and food.
First year hot topics include:
- Wildlife conservation
- Pest animal management
- The role of dogs as companions and sources of entertainment
- Current issues in animal farming
- The role of animals in zoonoses and pandemics
- Anthrozoological ranking of animals
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Comprehend the complexity of debate concerning the costs and benefits to humans and animals of having animals embedded within our societies
- Be familiar with the historical, social, economic, cultural, biological and moral contexts within which our current relationships with non-human animals have developed and are maintained
- Be able to understand and express multiple views around the use of animals in current society
Upon completion of the subject students should be skilled at using the knowledge acquired in the course to objectively and critically evaluate current issues involving animals in society - including issues with wild animals, recreational animals, animals used for science and medicine, agricultural animals and companion animals.
Last updated: 1 March 2024