Ethics of Animal Use - (15 credits)

This module aims to encourage students to appreciate the wide range of views, both historical and social, of animal ethics and to evaluate ethical arguments in relation to animal use. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the concept of consciousness and sentience within different species and their relationship to pain and suffering. It will support the study of other modules and provide a foundation students can use to make ethical decisions about animals in their future professions, as they will increase their confidence in justifying their views and opinions. Students will discuss the importance of increasing scientific knowledge and technologies in modern society and the altered perspective on human-animal relationships.