Animals in Society

Subject 208-108 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-six hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials and practical work
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Paul Hemsworth
Subject Overview:

The objective of this subject is to examine and evaluate society's use of domestic animals, and highlight the ethical, scientific and economic impact of human interactions with animals in production, research and amenity systems.

Topics covered include origins, history and domestication of domestic animals; world distribution and use of domestic animals; animal ethics versus personal and social ethics; society expectations and their implications; human-animal relationships versus development and their effects on both humans and animals; and ethical dilemmas in livestock production, research education and amenity systems.

On completion of this subject students should:

  • understand the prominent roles in modern society of farm, companion and laboratory animals;

  • understand the nature of global focus on animals in relation to modern farming practices and biotechnology; and

  • understand issues in food safety, human health and the quality of life for both humans and animals.

Assessment: Two practical assignments (10% each of final marks), one written presentation of 2000 words (20% of final marks), one 10-minute oral presentation (10% of final marks) and 3-hour written essay or short-answer style examination (50% final marks).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Prescribed Texts:

  • Careful How You Hold Me: An Insight into Caring for Laboratory Animals (L R Scott), MUP Multimedia Program
  • Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (NH&MRC)
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Information Not Available


This subject involves the use of animals. Students should be aware that this is an essential part of the course and exemption from this is not possible.

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