Postgraduate Course: Bioethics and Animal Welfare (VESC11158)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course introduces the concepts of animal welfare and ethics from both a society and science viewpoint
This course introduces the concepts of animal welfare and ethics from both a society and science viewpoint. We will cover the main ethical theories that are discussed in animal ethics. Taking into account the One Health perspective the course looks at ethical and welfare implications of studying the interactions between humans, animals and the environment. The scientific assessment of welfare and the main indicators of suffering will be discussed. The course will also look at how animal behaviour influences the spread of disease.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Feedback and marks for all items will be given within fifteen working days of the submission date where possible. Opportunities for feedback arise within timetabled classes (tutorials, practicals, lectures) as well as more formally through comments on specific pieces of work. Feedback can be provided not only on coursework assignments, tests and exam answers, but also on activities that are not formally assessed such as class discussions, group exercises, problem solving, and in the course of developing project plans and proposals. Course staff will endeavour to provide timely feedback on all activities.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain the multi-dimensional nature of the study of animal welfare, involving society, science and ethics.
- Explain the basic economic, ethical and legal principles that apply to animal welfare and how these relate to, research, trade, sustainability and One Health concepts.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic biological mechanisms of animal suffering, including pain perception and the behavioural and physiological responses to stress, and apply this knowledge to the assessment of animal welfare.
- Critically review scientific research to be able to consider and communicate the role that science has within animal welfare, and to develop ideas about potential solutions using scientific evidence.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Tamsin Coombs
|Course secretary||Mrs Eleanor Graham
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194