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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2110: Animal Minds and Animal Ethics

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Aims

In this module, we will engage in the most important debates around the mental and cognitive capacities of non-human animals and their ethical consequences. We will examine how traditional philosophical questions about the nature of consciousness, rationality, and moral norms apply to non-human animals. To conduct this examination, we will also rely on empirical studies from different sciences, in particular primatology. Hence, this module is highly interdisciplinary and enables students to gain comprehensive knowledge about the empirical and conceptual problems around animal minds. Students will learn to assess positions and arguments in this debate, connecting this debate with ethical issues on animal rights. Moreover, students will develop the ability to apply their knowledge to current affairs (e.g., policies on animal rights), to conduct responsible research, among other valuable skills for future employment. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Identify and discuss key issues in the contemporary debate around the nature of animal minds and their ethical implications
2. Distinguish and evaluate the central positions and arguments concerning the nature of animal minds and their ethical implications
3. Articulate the connection between positions in animal minds and animal ethics
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate good understanding of anthropological distinctions, concepts, and how they apply to real-world cases
5. Demonstrate competency in evaluating anthropological positions, arguments, and methods
Personal and Key Skills6. Demonstrate clear and concise writing
7. Demonstrate competency in integrating, synthesizing, and applying new knowledge
8. Engage in independent research, within a limited time frame, to develop positions and arguments