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BITC202 Animal Ethics

An introduction to ethical theories as they apply to non-human animals and applied ethical questions arising from animal use.

We all interact with non-human animals, and our actions can affect their lives in good and bad ways. In this paper you will learn and think about the nature and value of animal life. You will then consider what these mean for how we should treat animals in a range of ways we make use of or interact with animals. These include farming and eating animals, use of animals in research, treatment of wild animals and keeping animals as companions, and in zoos.This paper will be of particular value for students who are intending to work with animals, work to improve their lives or simply wish to think about what ethical treatment of animals might involve.

Paper title Animal Ethics
Paper code BITC202
Subject Bioethics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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126 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce, Science
Suitable for all students who have completed a year of full-time tertiary study. No previous scientific or philosophical knowledge is assumed.
Teaching staff
Lecturer and co-ordinator: Dr Mike King (Bioethics Centre, Division of Health Sciences)

Lecturer: Associate Professor Andrew Moore (Department of Philosophy, Division of Humanities)
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is co-taught by the Bioethics Centre and the Department of Philosophy.
Garner, Robert. 2005. Animal Ethics. Cambridge: Polity.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Interdisciplinarity.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  1. Be adept at thinking critically about ethical issues affecting animals and be able to develop, critically assess, and present ethical arguments relating to animals
  2. Be able to communicate information, arguments and analyses relating to animal ethics effectively
  3. Be adept at effectively locating, retrieving, evaluating and using research and information from a range of disciplines relating to animal ethics
  4. Be aware of the cultural context of animal care and use and be able to identify and understand relevant ethical values within Te Ao Māori
  5. Understand major theories in animal ethics and their normative implications
  6. Understand the relationship between animal ethics and animal treatment in a range of contexts

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 13:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22