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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ANTM101: Animals, Health and Healing

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module will cover a range of theoretical debates and case studies concerned with the following topics:


-        the use of animals in biomedical research (which could include animal rights/ethics, nonhuman models, history of vivisection, environmental enrichment programmes, genomics, xenotransplants, cloning)

-        the use of animals in therapeutic contexts (which could include Animal Assisted Therapy, assistance animals such as Guide dogs, power relationships etc.)

-        ethnoveterinary medicine (which could also include alternative/non-allopathic therapies such as homeopathy, as well as spiritual communications with nonhumans such as shamanism and animal psychics)

-        zoonotic disease (which could include focus on transmission, responses, attitudes towards carriers etc.)

-        zoopharmacognosy (which could also include ethnobotany)

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1010 x 1 hour podcast audio lectures with accompanying powerpoint presentations
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1010 x 1 hour discussion/seminar participations on the VLE discussion forums (Including formative assessments)
Guided Independent Study30Preparation for formative assessments
Guided Independent Study100Research and writing of summative assessments

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).