Considers the legal and philosophical assumptions relating to human-animal interactions, the history and present status of animals as property, and the legal regulatory frameworks governing a variety of human-animal interactions in Australia. Acceptance that the protection of animals from cruelty and other forms of exploitation is important, an understanding of the application of legal frameworks relating to animals is crucial. Predicated on the view that current protections relating to animals are inadequate, there is a strong emphasis on law reform and activism and upon practical ways in which concerned animal advocates may advance the interests of, and legal protections provided to, animals.
Topic 1 Legal and philosophical frameworks of animal law
Topic 2 Criminal and cruelty offences
Topic 3 Companion animals
Topic 4 Animals in entertainment and sport
Topic 5 Animals in agriculture and live animal export
Topic 6 Animal experimentation and research
Topic 7 Wild animals and animals in the wild
Topic 8 Animal advocacy and law reform
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify and critically analyse the major theoretical approaches to the protection of non-human animals;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||explain the legal status of animals, including the historical antecedents of this status;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||identify and explain the operation of the law in NSW with respect to different types of human-animal interactions;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||apply relevant legal principles to a range of issues and contexts involving human-animal interactions;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||evaluate the role of law in both the protection and exploitation of animals;||Ethical practice|
|6||identify areas in which the law affecting animals is in need of reform and identify strategies to achieve such reform.||Creativity|
- Sankoff, P & White, S, 2013, Animal Law in Australasia: A New Dialogue, 2nd edn, The Federation Press, Sydney. ISBN: 978 186287930 0.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 2 hrs (12 weeks)|
|Exam: take home||50%|
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