Theories regarding the legal status of animals and the regulation of animal welfare in New Zealand.
The specific objectives of this paper are to:
- Encourage interest in - and understanding of - the concept of legal speciesism and the rights of non-human animals
- Develop understanding of the legal framework that provides for the regulation of animal control and welfare in New Zealand
- Encourage critical analysis of this legal framework from a normative perspective
- Identify various conflicts between the interests of human and non-human animals and navigate possible resolutions to those conflicts
About this paper
|Animals and the Law
|Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
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- LAWS 201, LAWS 202, LAWS 203 and LAWS 204
- Pre or Corequisite
- Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed.
- Limited to
- LLB, LLB(Hons)
- May not be credited together with LAWS472 passed in 2013 and 2015.
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- Teaching staff
Course readings via eReserve.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students will be exposed to various interdisciplinary perspectives on animals and the law and, in particular, philosophy, cognitive science and veterinary science
- Students will gain a global perspective of legal issues affecting animals through consideration of international literature on the subject
- Students will gain the ability to apply the knowledge they have gained in this paper in legal practice
- Through both the nature of the assessment and in-class discussion, students will be encouraged and required to engage and develop their critical thinking and logical communicative skills
- The nature of the assessment will encourage and require self-motivated self-direction with regards to critical thought, preparation of legal and philosophical arguments, presentation of those arguments and, potentially, intensive research
- Students will be introduced to issues involving animal rights and the rights of tangata whenua under the Treaty of Waitangi