This course is an academic approach to animal ethics. People typically discuss the issue of animal ethics in a highly emotive fashion (usually accompanied by gruesome pictures); this makes it hard to see the arguments clearly. This course deliberately avoids emotional content or images to allow you to focus on the issues at stake. Humans have rights, most importantly, the right to life and liberty; Should animals have these same rights? If not, what kind of rights should they have, or is rights the wrong language?
Introductory themes: basic philosophical principles outlined.
Human rights or human obligations: should animals have rights?
Ethical theories, including Natural moral law, utilitarianism, and virtue theory.
Ethical theories within the Christian tradition.
Use of animals in scientific procedures, including cloning.
Use of animals as food, including intensive farming of animals.
Animals as a source of transplant organs.
Blood sports, including hunting.
At the end of this course, you will feel confident discussing the issue of how we should view animals, feel secure in the knowledge that you have the academic framework needed for deep reflection, and be better able to defend your views.
Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowshipby Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a highly accomplished teacher and author. She is a well-known international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is on the examining team for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Thriving Minds.
Use of animals as food, intensive farming
Use of animals in scientific procedures cloning etc
Animals as a source of organs for transplants
Application of ethical theories
Core principles for decision making
Approx 20 hours of learning including recorded lessons, multimedia platform, activities and quizzes.