YAS-11803 Animal Science in Society

Course

Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture12
Group work4
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. B Kemp
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. LJ Hellebrekers
prof. dr. HGJ Gremmen
prof. dr. EN Stassen
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. B Kemp

Language of instruction:

English

Contents:

This course focuses on the relationship between (animal) science, technology and society. Students will be able to reflect critically on ethical and societal issues surrounding animal science, including the relationship between humans and animals. The aim of this course is the analysis and expression of opinion(s) in complex societal debates in the field of animal science. These debates occur on the intersection between society and the scientific world. The course therefore deals with themes and topics of both fields, such as natural sciences, social sciences, ob- and subjectivity, context dependency, attitude, values and the social and cultural meaning of animals. The themes are illustrated with current case studies surrounding animal sciences such as animal welfare and biotechnology. The responsibilities of animal scientists as well as how to deal with normative questions in a scientific and societal context are point of attention, In addition, students get insights into basic principles of ethical and moral dilemmas.

Learning outcomes:

After this course, the students will:
- have knowledge of different concepts of science and technology;
- have insight in the normative and cognitive content of animal sciences;
- be able to understand and to position oneself vis-à-vis different exciting debates on the intersection between society and (animal) sciences;
- have knowledge of current case studies on human-animal relationships;
- be able to reflect critically on ethical and societal issues surrounding animal science, including the relationship between humans and animals;
- have knowledge of contemporary case-studies on (bio-)ethical issues surrounding animal science;
- have insights into basic principles of ethical and moral dilemmas;
- have insight in personal values, opinions and attitudes to become (more) aware of the social responsibilities of an animal scientist.

Activities:

- lectures;
- participation in discussion & working groups;
- analysis of current issues on Human-Animal relationships;
- writing and presenting a group paper;
- writing an individual essay.

Examination:

- evaluation of essay;
- presentation;
- group paper;
- written examination.

Literature:

Study guide and reader.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BASAnimal SciencesBSc5MO