Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
International Perspectives on Animal Welfare and Crime
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OF 5,000 WORDS  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Analyse and critically evaluate the relationship between ethical, philosophical, political and sociological approaches to human-animal relationships;
2. Dissect and critically assess the various features of speciest and non-speciest approaches in human-animal relationships;
3. Provide a critical and discursive argument which addresses the question of the role of the law in animal welfare practices;
4. Demonstrate an ability to undertake sustained critical analysis of human-animal relationships by drawing on a range of perspectives, for example, sociological, psychological and criminological frameworks;
5. Demonstrate an ability to critically discuss the ideas, theories and concepts learnt in the module in relation to specific case studies.

Brief description

This module draws on a range of philosophical, theoretical and empirical work on the subject of animal welfare and crime. Consideration will be given to both historical and contemporary arguments on human-animal relationships as well as to the emerging speciest/non-speciest debate from a criminological context.


- Animals, suffering and philosophy
- Animals, politics and morality
- Animals and the law
- Human-animal relationships
- Human-animal relationships and crime
- Animal abuse and aggression
- Speciest and non-speciest approaches to animal welfare and abuse in Criminology

Transferable skills

Throughout the module, students will practise and develop their skills of research, analysis, time-management, oral and written presentation. In seminars they will develop their ability to listen, understand and explain subject related topics as well as present a point of view orally and discuss their thoughts with the rest of the class; their assignments will enable them to develop their skills of independent research, analysis, presentation and writing (including data collection and retrieval, IT and time management). All learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in any legal profession.


This module is at CQFW Level 7