Animals and Society 2: Humans & Animals

Subject DASC20014 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 lectures per week (24 hours), & 1 practical per fortnight (18 hours)
Total Time Commitment:

42 contact hours for a total of 120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

The interactions between humans and animals will be examined using soundly-based principles and practices developed for the management and care of animals. The subject will emphasize the complex roles and responsibilities, and ethical requirements in human contact with animals, as well as develop skills in measuring those interactions. We will draw upon examples from species managed as companions, in zoos, research environments and in livestock production.


On completion of this subject students should:

  • have experience in best practice in the care and management of, domestic livestock, animals in research programmes and companion animals in various conditions by evaluating the biological and environmental requirements of individual species.
  • be familiar with the concept of best standard practices under animal welfare and ethics guidelines;
  • have understanding of the environments in which human animal interactions occur and the range and impact of those interactions.

One 3-hour written examination (50% - end of semester). One written assignment equivalent to 1500 words due week 4 (25%) One written assignment equivalent to 1500 words due week 9 (25%)

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Breadth Options:

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

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.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject the students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Academic excellence,
  • greater in-depth understanding of scientific disciplines of animal management in a range of species.
  • The student’s flexibility and level of transferable skills should be enhanced through improved time management and enhanced ability to communicate their ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats.
Related Breadth Track(s): Living with Animals

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