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BA (Hons)Animal Welfare and Society

University of Winchester
United Kingdom, Winchester
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Course code DD32
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Students explore connections and relationships between humans and other animals, and critically review theories, philosophies and issues concerning the treatment of them. Students study a range of issues including animal welfare; animal ethics; animal law; consuming animals; criminality and animals; animal representations; animals and policy; environment and animals; and animal advocacy.

Throughout the course students explore crucial questions about human relationships with other animals. How do we understand them? What are our responsibilities to them? Should we eat them? Why do we develop emotional attachments to them? Why do we vilify some animals and not others? An essential element of the course is how humans relate to other animals, and what it means to be human.

This interdisciplinary course engages with scholarly work from the arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences in order to examine how humans may reconsider their relationship with animals. The broad scope and thought-provoking content enables students to discover and explore their areas of interest.

The course is both classroom-based and field-based. Through internships and other work-placement opportunities students are able to experience working with animals and/or in organisations are associated with animal issues.

Programme structure

Year 1

Introduction to Animal Welfare and Society
Regarding Animals
Animal Behaviour and Welfare Issues
Introduction to Research and Fieldwork

Year 2

Theorising the Animal
Animal Welfare Law and Policy
Animal Welfare Concepts and Assessment
Researching Risk and Animals

Optional modules:
The Environment, Climate Change and Globalisation

Year 3

Applied Animal Behaviour
Dissertation in Animal Welfare and Society

Students must choose either:

Placement in Animal Welfare and Society
Work-Place Study in Animal Welfare and Society

Optional modules:
Animals and the Arts
Animals and Alternatives Within Research and Education
Representing the Environment
Depth Study: Thinking Green: The Emergence of Modern Environmentalism I (Origins and Ideas)
Depth Study: Thinking Green: The Emergence of Modern Environmentalism II (Activism and Politics)
Animals and Sociology

Career opportunities

Graduates gain employment in national and international animal advocacy; charitable, welfare and conservation organisations; and with animal-related Governmental departments and commercial organisations. Some may use this qualification as a gateway to other pathways such as teaching, veterinary specialisation in animal welfare, doctoral studies and research in related fields, or accreditation as an animal behaviourist.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States