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GAW3030 - Domestication and management: Urban management of domestic animals

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Pauleen Bennett


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit introduces students to the historical aspects of animal domestication leading to the current management of domestic animals. It covers advantages and problems associated with domestication, and explores strategies for managing domestic animals. The unit encourages students to analyse our human obligation toward domestic animals in terms of welfare and ethics. The unit also requires students to undertake an industry placement, the aim of which is to equip students with a range of professional skills, assist them to develop a critical appreciation of the role and function of animal workers, assist them develop an awareness of animal welfare and ethics in an industry setting.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. appreciate the historical aspects of animal domestication;
  2. be aware of advantages and problems associated with animal domestication;
  3. be aware of appropriate strategies for managing domestic animals (in both urban and rural settings);
  4. understand our obligations toward domestic animals in terms of ethics and welfare;
  5. have gained practical experience and knowledge in an industry setting.


Essay (1,500 words) (20%)
Examination (35%)
Practical placement reports and logbook (45%).