ANIML SC 3250RW - Animals and the Law
Roseworthy Campus - Winter - 2015
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 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
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 3, 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2, 3, 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2, 4
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.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A 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)
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Open
Book Theory Exam
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 Learning
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.
Learning reflection (5%): Students will undertake the legal writing activity available on myuni: Writing and Speaking at Uni AU_LTDU_0004 and write a 500 word reflection on the activity.
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
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