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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2110: Animal Minds and Animal Ethics

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Animal Consciousness: What is it like to be non-human?
  • Reasoning, Concepts and Beliefs: Do Non-Human Animals think?
  • Mindreading: Do non-human animals know each other’s beliefs?
  • Communication: Do non-human animals have a language?
  • Moral Norms: Do non-human animals create rules?
  • Animal Ethics: How should we treat smart non-human animals?

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 and Teaching activities2211 x 2 hours per week comprising of lectures and seminars
Guided independent study83Private research in preparation for essay writing and slides presentation. Instructions will be given via ELE
Guided independent study45Private study: reading the assigned material for classes and complementary readings.

Online Resources

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