Courses & Units

Animal Law LAW629

Note:

Non-Law students who do not meet the pre-requisites should contact the Manager Academic Administration - Law about a possible pre-requisite waiver.

Introduction

This unit explores the law's role in governing the relationship between humans and non-human animals in Australia. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the broader philosophical debates surrounding animal welfare issues, including consideration of the appropriate legal status of animals. The current regulatory frameworks for animal welfare and protection in Australia will be discussed, with a view to evaluating arguments for law reform in this context. The unit will cover a range of topics addressing regulation of animal welfare in various contexts, including farm animals, companion animals, wild animals and animals used for entertainment. The major assessment task for this unit requires students to prepare a research essay exploring a particular issue in depth.  

By the conclusion of the course, students should be able to respond to critical questions, such as:

  • Why does the law facilitate differential treatment of animals?
  • Should non-human animals be classified as 'property'?
  • Are current regulatory frameworks for animal welfare and protection in Australia adequately protecting the interests of non-human animals?
  • Are these laws and policies adequately enforced?

Summary

Unit name Animal Law
Unit code LAW629
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator

Dr Meg Good

Teaching staff

Dr Meg Good

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

This unit is currently unavailable.

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band Field of Education
3 090900

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Requisites

Prerequisites

LAW204 OR LAW254 AND LAW250 AND LAW253 AND LAW251 AND LAW255 AND LAW252 AND LAW256 OR LAW222 AND LAW223 AND LAW225 AND LAW226 AND LAW205 AND LAW221 AND LAW224 OR LAW221 AND LAW224 AND LAW253 AND LAW223 AND LAW222 AND LAW351 AND LAW352

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

6 hours of lectures and tutorials taught intensively. Flexible online seminars throughout the semester.

Assessment

1 x 1,000 word Essay Plan (15%) Online Seminar Participation (15%) 1 x 5,000 word Research Essay (70%)

TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable

Textbooks

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