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LX4039: ANIMAL WELFARE LAW (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


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 under the guidance of the course coordinator.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr Michael J. 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)
  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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:

  1. Knowledge and Understanding: A developed knowledge and understanding of:
  2. Hstorical attitudes to the moral and legal status of animals with particular reference to the impact of utilitarianism and evolution by natural selection.
  3. The impact of EU law and the relevant effects of devolution.
  4. The relationship between science, ethics, and law in the development of public policy.
  5. The legal meaning of unnecessary suffering.
  6. The scientific concept of animal welfare.
  7. 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:

  1. Historical attitudes to the moral and legal status of animals with particular reference to the impact of utilitarianism and evolution by natural selection.
  2. The impact of EU law and the relevant effects of devolution.
  3. The relationship between science, ethics, and law in the development of public policy.
  4. The legal meaning of unnecessary suffering.
  5. The scientific concept of animal welfare.
  6. The law in relation to specific case studies which are decided upon each session in consultation with the class.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 19, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

As for LS4039

 

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit failed element in same format

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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