Animals in Society 1: Introduction

Subject DASC10002 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Held over the period of the semester on various days - to be confirmed by subject coordinator
Total Time Commitment:

Thirty-six hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials and practical work

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Melbourne School of Land & Environment (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This course is designed to encourage students to begin to think about how and why animals are so integral to human society. We will investigate the human-animal relationships, where they originated, during domestication, and where they are now. We will examine in detail some key relationships between humans and animals, including animals as pets, in agriculture, as research subjects, in educational roles and as pests. We will discuss the changing attitudes of humans towards animals throughout time and talk about humankind's moral and ethical obligation to animal wellbeing. Within this discussion we will introduce animal welfare science and discuss some of the current animal welfare issues in livestock industries around the world. Finally, we will look to the future and where the relationship between humans and animals may be headed.

  • Appreciate the physical, social and psychological interdependence that exists between humans and nonhuman animals
  • 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 out current relationships with non-human animals have developed and
    are maintained.
  • 1000 word research essay (20%) – end of week 10,
  • 750 word excursion report (15%) – end of week 5,
  • 4 x 12 question multiple choice quizzes (conducted on LMS) – 2.5% each (total 10%), Media Journal (collection of 10 articles presented with 2-3 sentence summaries and a classification) (5%) end of week 3,6,9, and 12,
  • 3 hour end of semester examination (50%).
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Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:

Upon completion of the course 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.

Related Breadth Track(s): Living with Animals

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