MLJ764 - Animal Law and Policy


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in M729




Incompatible with: MLL364
Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and asynchronous collaborative learning up to a maximum of 3 hours each week which includes weekly recorded lectures and 1 x 1 hour online seminar (recordings provided) each week for 9 weeks, and 1 x 1.5 hours online seminar (recordings provided) each week for 2 weeks. 


This unit examines the ways in which law and policy defines and governs non-human animals (‘animals’) and human-animal relationships. It will consider human attitudes towards animals throughout history, and the ways that ethical assumptions and culture influence law and policy. Students will be introduced to foundational concepts in animal law, including legal personhood, speciesism, sentience and welfare versus rights. Following consideration of this theoretical framework, students will look at key Australian legislation, regulations and case law relating to animals, focusing particularly on the Victorian and Federal jurisdictions. Contemporary issues in animal law will be studied, such as the ethics of using animals in research, the criminalisation of animal advocacy, and how to improve regulation of animal agriculture. The focus of the unit will be on Australian law, however, where relevant international comparisons will be made. 

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