Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ANTM109: Animal Criminology

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • The history of anti-cruelty and animal welfare legislation
  • Theoretical approaches to the study of animal cruelty, abuse and suffering
  • Forms and measures of animal harm
  • The changing status of animals before the law: animals as criminals, deviants, hazards, property, rights-bearers/legal persons
  • Animal abuse and inter-human violence: the graduation thesis, domestic violence and child abuse
  • Green criminology, critical criminology and non-speciesist criminology
  • International wildlife crime – wildlife trafficking, elephant ivory poaching, the trade in rhino horn and commercial whaling
  • Wildlife crime in the UK: forms of persecution and the enactment and enforcement of legislation
  • Prevention, regulation, prosecution and extra-legal solutions to animal abuse
  • ‘Ecoterrorism’ and the criminalisation of animal advocacy

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1010 x 60-minute podcast audio lectures with accompanying powerpoint presentations
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities7.55 x 90-minute discussion/seminar participations (fortnightly)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities2.55 x 30-minute oral presentation slots within seminar groups in weeks 5 and 7
Guided Independent Study35Preparation and reading for weekly lectures, seminars & ELE forum discussions
Guided Independent Study15Preparation for oral presentations
Guided Independent Study80Research and writing of summative assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).