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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT3099: Animals and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to:

1. introduce students to 'anthrozoology' through engagement with a wide range of ethnographic case studies;

2. provide students with the tools and information needed to analyse, in a theoretically rigorous manner, the many and varied ways in which humans think about, and interact with, other animals.

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. debate on a large range of classic issues related to human interactions with other animals;
2. discuss some of the classic anthropological implications of the different ways in which humans think about and interact with other animals, with a level of detail;
3. apply classic theoretical models to facilitate an advanced analysis of human-animal interactions;
4. situate classic debates in the study of specific human-animal interactions within socio-historical context, with a level of detail;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. recognise the contested nature of knowledge and demonstrate an ability to consider classic debates in human-animal relationships in a reflexive and critically analytical manner;
6. understand and articulate the ethical dimensions of human-animal interactions;
Personal and Key Skills7. plan, undertake and present written work of a scholarly standard that demonstrates a very good understanding of classic anthropological aims, methods and theoretical considerations and engages with the (published) work of others;
8. engage constructively in debates in the study of human-animal interactions