ANSC120 Animals in Society

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Updated: 10 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
20 August 2020 22 August 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Peta Taylor (
Unit Description

Animals in Society provides students with the knowledge and skills required to objectively address questions concerning how non-human animals exist within modern human societies. Students explore the historical context within which human-animal relationships evolved and consider social, cultural, economic and legal frameworks within which current relationships exist. They critically explore a range of existing and emerging animal roles within the context of social and environmental constraints. Throughout the course, students are provided with a broad overview of theories and methods of scientific inquiry as they apply to human-animal relationships, with an emphasis on developing practical solutions to challenging social issues.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. describe fundamental principles of adaptation, evolution and domestication and appreciate the evolutionary significance of reciprocal human-animal relationships in shaping the development of human sensations, thoughts, language and culture, as well as the physical and psychological characteristics of many animals;
  2. identify many of the current roles that animals play within human societies, including their roles in human health and well-being, education, sport, recreation and entertainment, and as pets and companions, resources, co-workers, pests and competitors;
  3. contribute to current debates concerning the potential costs and benefits to humans and animals of having animals embedded within future societies in various different ways;
  4. discuss knowledgeably the behavioral, cognitive and emotional capabilities of non-human animals, the applicability of science and applied ethics to 'animals in society' issues and limitations to our current knowledge about animals; and
  5. demonstrate well developed generic skills in critical analysis, teamwork, computer-assisted learning and academic writing.