Module Identifier RS30410  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael T Rose  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Dr Neil R McEwan  
Course delivery Lecture   2 x 1 hour lectures per week  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 x 3 hour seminars during semester  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment ETHICAL MATRIX PROJECT  50%
Semester Exam2 Hours WRITTEN EXAMINATION  50%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours WRITTEN EXAMINATION  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Discuss the remit of bioethics, its definitions, and its historical perspective, specifically with regard to animals.

2. Discuss developments in ethical theory

3. Apply the ethical matrix to examples in animal science

4. Discuss the ethical status of different forms of animal farming, animal experimentation, animal biotechnologies and
   animal domestication

Brief description

The module will consider the nature of bioethics and the history of attitudes and philosophies regarding wild and domesticated animals. It will also consider the ethical and legal position of animals as experimental models, as providers of meat and other animal products, and as providers of companionship.


Module Skills

Research skills Ethical Matrix Project  
Communication Exam, Ethical Matrix Project  
Improving own Learning and Performance Exam, Ethical Matrix Project  
Information Technology Ethical Matrix Project  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Gensler, H J (1998) Ethics. A contemporary introduction Routledge
Holland, A and Johnson, A (1998) Animal biotechnology and ethics Chapman and Hall
LaFollette, H and Shanks, N (1996) Brute Science: Dilemmas of animal experimentation Routledge
Marie, M et al (2005) Animal bioethics: principles and teaching methods Wageningen Academic Publishers
Mepham, T B (2005) Bioethics: an introduction for the biosciences Oxford University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 6