Faculty of Arts

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr George Van Doorn


Not offered in 2016


Previously coded PSS3720


This unit examines the interaction between humans and the other animal species across three major topics. The first reviews the changing nature of the relationship between man and domestic animals across time within selected cultures. The second topic focuses on attitudes, beliefs, and emotions surrounding the interaction between people and companion animals, and animals as objects of leisure and entertainment. Topic three takes an objective approach to the emotive area of animals as food and providers of other products and services and considers ethical issues associated with each of these.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. outline the historical background that undepins the current relationship between animals and humans in a variety of settings
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the factors that affect the relationship of humans with animals as companions, leisure and entertainment
  3. critically evaluate attitudes towards animals as sources of products and labour
  4. outline the various ethical considerations involved in current uses of animals.


Written work: 40%
Oral presentaion/poster: 20%
2 hour Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour seminar) per week

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Chief examiner(s)


48 points of study in any discipline