Postgraduate Module Descriptor
ANTM111: Animal Ethics
This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.
This module aims to introduce students to the ethics of non-human life. By covering key topics in ethics and philosophical argumentation the module seeks to grant students from any background an understanding of how philosophical approaches can be applied to the problems associated with human interactions with other living things. The module aims to give students a good general knowledge in animal ethics and also the conceptual limits which define this field (what is an animal?). Through this module you will gain an understanding of the range of ethical problems which our life with non-human organisms gives rise to and to the possible responses which have been and might be offered to these problems. This module aims particularly at ensuring you will gain a good understanding of the concepts of sentience and personhood and how these might be employed in our thinking about non-human life.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the ethical questions associated with human interactions with non-human organisms.|
2. Analyse critically issues relating to personhood and sentience.
3. Articulate clearly stances for and against potential positions in animal ethics.
|Discipline-Specific Skills||4. Articulate, in written form, valid ethical arguments.|
5. Demonstrate a clear understanding of systematic analysis and philosophical problem solving.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of philosophical debate and the place of ethics within philosophy and its relationship with other academic disciplines.
|Personal and Key Skills||7. Communicate effectively (orally and in writing) valid arguments.|
8. Engage calmly and effectively in debate concerning highly sensitive topics.
9. Evaluate effectively an opposing stance when assessing the value of arguments.