Courses & Units

Animal Law LAW629


Summer semester unit. Should enrolments not meet a target of 15 students, the unit may not be offered. Non-Law students who do not meet the pre-requisites should contact the Manager Academic Administration - Law about a possible pre-requisite waiver.


Animals have been intimately involved with the human race for millennia. The use of animals has evolved from hunting for food, through their employment for motive power, to the present day, where animal use and relationships include companionship, providing food, use in biological experiments and entertainment. The modern view of animals also encompasses the assumption of responsibility (albeit limited) for animals in the wild. This unit will consider the theoretical framework of the law as it relates to animals and as it governs the use of and care for animals, particularly in the context of ethical and moral considerations. It will cover topics including the way in which modern concepts of care for animals has evolved and will examine the way in which the law deals with farmed animals. It will focus particularly on the changing public perceptions of animal cruelty and animal welfare and how the legislature and enforcement agencies have responded to these changes.


Unit name Animal Law
Unit code LAW629
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Teaching staff


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


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3 2015: $1,283.00 2015: $1,486.00 090900

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  • Pre-requisites: EITHER LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW225, LAW226, LAW204, LAW205 OR LAW250, LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256, LAW204.


Teaching Pattern

Summer unit - taught intensively 3 hours a day, 4 days a week for 3 weeks.


Internal Test (30%) and research assignment 4,000 words (70%)

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