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Unit Overview


This unit analyses critically, through a philosophical approach, the use of animals by human society. In particular it examines the use of animals in scientific research, agricultural production and natural resource management, and considers community attitudes relating to use of animals for food, and in sport and recreation. The unit provides students with the knowledge and skills to conduct a fair assessment of current and future problems arising from human animal interactions. The students examine current ideologies and scientific research that attempts to understand and improve animal welfare.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) analyse, from a philosophical perspective, the use of animals in scientific research, education, agricultural production and natural resource management; (2) think critically on issues relating to biology, economics, sociology and philosophy, in the context of animal welfare and use of animals for food, sport and recreation; and (3) analyse, integrate and discuss information required to defend a point of view, both in written and oral (debate) formats.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral debates; (2) a team case study consisting of one oral presentation and one report ; and (3) an individual case study report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Dominique Blache
Unit rules
completion of 24 points
ANIM3312 Animal Ethics and Welfare, ANIM8312 Animal Ethics and Welfare
Contact hours
lectures: 2 or 3 hours per week
tutorials: 2 hours per week
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