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Understanding Animal Welfare - OLET1656

Year - 2020

Ever wondered what it is like to be an elephant? Or why sheep might prefer not to take an overseas trip? Or how to tell if a cat's happy? This unit introduces you to the scientific and ethical frameworks that shape current societal attitudes to animals, how you can assess whether animals are experiencing good welfare, and the way in which practices, policies, legislation and the views of different stakeholders affect animal welfare outcomes. You'll explore these concepts using current examples of animal welfare issues and debates. This unit will stimulate your thinking about the impacts on animals of human activities and give you the skills to critically evaluate information and communicate effectively where your own views lie on animal welfare issues. Through taking this unit you'll discover why animal welfare has been called the social justice issue whose time has come.

6 online modules (6 hrs study each), 1 x 4hr workshop delivered face-to-face

4 x online quizzes (50%); 700-word essay (50%)

Assumed knowledge
No prior knowledge required


Faculty: Science

Intensive November

19 Oct 2020

Department/School: School of Veterinary Science Academic Operations
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 13 Nov 2020
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 2.0
EFTSL: 0.042
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Courses that offer this unit

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