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LX4039: ANIMAL WELFARE LAW (HONOURS) (2017-2018)

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Course Overview

This course examines the way in which the law regulates the treatment of animals in Britain. Topics include: historical development; legal and moral status of animals; the basis and nature of regulation; the legal and political framework, including the impact of the WTO and the EU; the legal meaning of unnecessary suffering; the scientific concept of animal welfare; enforcement; and legislation relating to animals in specific contexts. Consideration is also given to relevant political, scientific, ethical and commercial issues which influence the substantive law. Students are expected to undertake significant personal research focused on the coursework and pre-released examination questions.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr Michael Radford

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

Course Aims: This course examines the way in which the law regulates the treatment of animals in Britain. Topics covered include: historical development; the legal status of animals and the continuing need for regulation; the legal and political framework, including the impact of the WTO and the EU; the legal meaning of unnecessary suffering; the scientific concept of animal welfare; and the substance and effectiveness of the law in relation to the use of animals in specific contexts. Consideration is also given to relevant political, scientific, ethical and commercial issues which influence the substantive law. The course places particular emphasis on developing research skills. Main Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding: A developed knowledge and understanding of: a) Hstorical attitudes to the moral and legal status of animals with particular reference to the impact of utilitarianism and evolution by natural selection. b) The impact of EU law and the relevant effects of devolution. c) The relationship between science, ethics, and law in the development of public policy. d) The legal meaning of unnecessary suffering. e) The scientific concept of animal welfare. f) The law in relation to specific case studies which are decided upon each session in consultation with the class. In addition, students will be able to: Subject-Specific Skills and Concepts: 1. differentiate between and use appropriate primary and secondary sources and identify and retrieve up-to-date legal info using paper and electronic sources; 2. use recognised methods of citation and referencing; 3. use sources to support arguments and conclusions; 4. recognise, analyse and rank arguments and evidence in terms of relevance and importance by identifying and selecting relevant legal sources and selecting key material to construct written or oral answers; 5. identify the legal significance of an issue from information provided; 6. address legal and political issues by reference to relevant material; 7. bring together and integrate information and materials from a variety of different sources; 8. present arguments for and against propositions; 9. be aware that arguments require to be supported by evidence; 10. apply knowledge and analysis creatively to complex situations in order to provide arguable solutions to concrete problems by presenting a range of viable options from a set of facts and law; 11. think critically and make critical judgements on the relative and absolute merits of particular arguments and solutions; 12. reflect on their own learning and apply advice and feedback to improve their performance; 13. communicate orally and in writing using English language by creating work in a permanent format that is understandable by the intended audience (through submission of a course essay, exam answers and tutorial discussion); 14. communicate in plain English, with legal terminology only as needed; and 15. display informed knowledge and understanding of the social, economic, and political contexts in which law operates by demonstrating legal knowledge in association with related political considerations. Key Skills (Transferable): 1. The course places particular emphasis om developing research skills. 2. Communicate orally and in writing; 3. ability to work effectively in small groups to contribute to the group?s task; 4. ability to work independently, to organise and manage time, stress and effort in performance of tasks; 5. problem solving skills; 6. critical analysis; 7. logical argument; 8. an ability to synthesise and organise complex materials and arguments; 9. with limited guidance act independently, and where appropriate as part of team, in planning and undertaking tasks; 10. conduct formal and informal oral presentations; 11. make appropriate use of technology in research, writing and oral presentations; and 12. reflect on own learning and to seek and make use of feedback. Content: a) Historical attitudes to the moral and legal status of animals with particular reference to the impact of utilitarianism and evolution by natural selection. b) The impact of EU law and the relevant effects of devolution. c) The relationship between science, ethics, and law in the development of public policy. d) The legal meaning of unnecessary suffering. e) The scientific concept of animal welfare. f) The law in relation to specific case studies which are decided upon each session in consultation with the class.

Further Information & Notes

In relation to the MA programme, this is a 30 credit course which is reflected in the length of the summative essay. This course places particular emphasis on developing research skills and there is no detailed reading list.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

38 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour examination (75%) and in-course assessment (25%): one 2,500 word essay for candidates registered for the LS course; one 3,500 word essay for candidates registered for the LX course. The question paper is released to candidates in advance of the examination. Resit: Normally, no resit is available.

Formative Assessment

Individual and small group feedback during seminars and by appointment with the course co-ordinator.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided on the feedback form within three weeks from the date of submission.

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