Animals and Society 2: Humans & Animals

Subject DASC20014 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: one 2-hour lecture per week (24 hours) & one 3-hour practical per fortnight (18 hours)
Total Time Commitment:

42 contact hours for a total of 170 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 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:


Dr Ian Bland


Subject Overview:

This subject will examine the range of locations where human animal interactions occur and how those interactions can be as beneficial as possible to both human and animal. 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. This subject forms part of the breadth track “Living with Animals” but may be taken separately to the other subjects in the track as well.

Learning Outcomes:

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 2-hour written examination (50% - end of semester).
  • One written assignment equivalent to 500 words due week 4 (20%).
  • One written assignment equivalent to 1500 words due week 9 (30%).
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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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