Animal Ethics and Welfare
Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences
20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Katherine Jones
The module aims to critically debate and discuss the ethics of the use of animals in science and captive environments, and evaluate methods to assess and improve animal welfare.
This module considers both moral and scientific arguments for how humans treat animals in a range of contexts (e.g. keeping of animals in captivity, use of animals in science).
The module begins by considering the field of welfare science, the problem of defining welfare and different methods for measuring an animals welfare.
Students are then introduced to key questions in ethics, such as whether death is a harm and whether any animals are due moral consideration. Utilitarian, contractarian, rights-based views and environmental and relational arguments are contrasted in a range of scenarios to consider how best to resolve ethical dilemmas such as whether animals are kept in captivity. Since these questions are embedded into societal views on animal ethics, students are asked to identify an ethical dilemma and write an engaging article aimed at a popular audience.
The final part of the module considers ethical review of scientific experiments (facilitated by practical sessions discussing captive animals and experimentation with scientists, zoo researchers or technicians, as appropriate). Using the frame-work of the 3R's and ethical theories presented previously, students will be asked to suggest improvements to experimental design and evaluate the study from several different ethical viewpoints.
Awareness of the fundamentals underlying welfare science and ethics, based on lecture material and practical sessions, but with limited or absent analytical ability and communication skills.
A good grasp of the fundamentals and demonstration of critical thought with evidence of additional reading. An ability to present a coherent argument with clarity and engage a variety of audiences. A good appreciation of the main approaches employed in the study of animal welfare and ethics and the ability to critically assess their suitability in a given situation.
An excellent grasp of the fundamentals of the science and demonstration of the ability to analyse, critically assess, and present a coherent reasoned argument based on information from a variety of sources, with an excellent ability to engage a variety of audiences. Demonstration of original thinking and advanced problem solving when evaluating and implementing research methods and ethically reviewing studies.
Collaborate with others, to develop interpersonal and teamwork skills
Debate the key issues in the ethics of use of animals for human benefit
Critically review scientific experiments involving the use of animals and apply understanding of the 3R’s (Replace, Reduce, Refine) to suggest improvements
Communicate, using a variety of formats to a lay-person audience.
|Article aimed at public audience||40|
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
|Practical classes and workshops||
1 day trip to discuss ethical review and free time to explore zoo, half-day discussing animal care with technicians.
Lectures in this module are designed to be a distilled “rough guide” to the key concepts in the field, and provide a “theme” for the weeks study.
Throughout the module workshops will be provided to facilitate assessment and encourage student-led learning. The aim of workshops is to aid independent study (some preparation is normally required in advance) and to build confidence with debating ethics and critically evaluating welfare science. Some workshops will be linked to reflective questions to ensure students consolidate their learning.
Typical preparation time for the workshops is 1-3 hours private study.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Mentora - Gallu cefnogi, helpu, arwain, ysbrydoli ac/neu hyfforddi eraill
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
- Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Develop and identify research question(s) and/or hypotheses as the basis for investigation.
- Conduct fieldwork and/or laboratory work competently with awareness of appropriate risk assessment and ethical considerations
- Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
- Collect, analyse and interpret primary and/or secondary data using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.
- Engagement with current developments in the biosciences and their application.
- Engage in debate and/or discussion with specialists and non-specialists using appropriate language.
- Undertake field and/or laboratory studies of living systems.
- Undertake practical work to ensure competence in basic experimental skills.
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation
Rhagofynion a Chydofynion
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
Gorfodol mewn cyrsiau:
- C305: BSc Zoology with Animal Behaviour (with International Exp) year 3 (BSC/ZABIE)
- C3D3: BSC Zoology with Animal Behaviour year 3 (BSC/ZWAB)
- C302: MZool Zoology with Animal Behaviour year 3 (MZOOL/AB)
- C325: MZool Zoology with Animal Behaviour with International Exp year 3 (MZOOL/ZAIE)