ANIML SC 3250RW - Animals and the Law
Roseworthy Campus - Winter - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code ANIML SC 3250RW Course Animals and the Law Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Winter Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact 10 day intensive course involving blocks of lectures and field trips (practicals); 3rd week allowed for assignment completion, preparation for and sitting of final exam Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course will look at the ethics and jurisprudence on the way humans think of and treat animals, the history and present status of animals as property, and the statutory and case law in which non-humans play a part. The course will involve visits to different animal enterprises in order to assess how the law works in practice and the effectiveness of enforcement in these real life situations.
Course Coordinator: Dr Alexandra Whittaker
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate a knowledge of the basic framework of animal-related legislation in Australia 2 Show how the law is applied to animals and animal-based enterprises 3 Interpret and apply legislation to animal-based enterprises 4 Show an understanding of the difficulties in creating legislation relevant to animals and animal-based enterprises
University Graduate Attributes
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 2,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,2 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
Required ResourcesCao, D.Animal law in Australia and New Zealand. 2015.
Recommended ResourcesAdditional resources as available in the Roseworthy and Barr Smith Libraries Access to various animal enterprises, such as the RSPCA, Animal Welfare League, animal production & housing facilities.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will run as a 3 week intensive course including blocks of lectures and field trips to various animal enterprises in the first 2 weeks. The third week will be self study time to allow for assignment completion and preparation for and sitting of the theory exam.
WorkloadA student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g.,
lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryLecture topics to be covered during the course are:
- Philosophical basis for Animal Law
- The current legal status of animals
- Overview of existing legal framework
- Key provisions of animal welfare legislation
- Regulation of the treatment of companion
- Regulation of the treatment of farm animals
- Regulation of wild animal welfare
- Regulation of animal testing
- Animal rights movement
- International law
- Litigation & enforcement
- Companion animals (vet clinic, RSPCA, Animal Welfare League)
- Animal Research
- Laboratory Animal facilities
- Intensive production facility (piggery or poultry)
- Captive animal facility (zoo)
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryDue to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Open Book Theory Exam Summative
3rd week of course
40% No 1, 2, 3, 4 Case Study Summative 3rd week of course 45% No 1, 2, 3 Legal case role play Summative 2nd week of course 10% No 3, 4 Online Quiz Formative & Summative 1st week of course 5% No 1, 3
Assessment DetailTheory Exam (40%): Students will sit a 3 hr theory exam at the end of the 3rd week of the intensive course. The exam will be a combination of types of questions, including short and long answers.
Case Study (45%): Students will submit a 3000 word case study based on an example provided to them. The students will be expected to discuss the case in relation to previous published cases and its relevance towards animal ethics & welfare. Students will be expected to provide critical interpretations and personal viewpoints. This will be due in the 3rd week of the intensive course – time will be provided throughout the course for assignment preparation.
Legal case Role Play (10%): Students will form small groups and perform a legal role play (moot) on
a case given to them, or one of their choice. This tests the ability to use legal reasoning and argue based on the relevant law.
Online Quiz (5%): Students will undertake an online quiz in week 1 of the course. The quiz will be comprised of multiple choice questions based on course content predominantly from days 1 - 2.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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