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
|Paper title||Animals and the Law|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$679.70|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,212.40|
- 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.
- Teaching staff
- Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
- 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.