Postgraduate Module Descriptor
ANTM101: Animals, Health and Healing
This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.
The aims of this module are:
1. to enable students to explore a wide range of anthrozoological interactions which relate to the health and well being of humans and/or nonhuman animals;
2. to engage in analytical cross-cultural comparison of the various ways in which humans think about and utilise nonhumans in biomedical and therapeutic contexts;
3. to engage in analytical cross-cultural comparison of the ways in which humans understand and treat the health and wellbeing of the nonhumans in their care;
4. to consider the process of self-medication (zoopharmacognosy) in human and nonhuman animals; and
5. to provide students with an opportunity to conduct their own empirical research and analysis.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of key themes and issues relating to the utilisation of nonhuman animals in biomedical and therapeutic contexts;|
2. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of key themes and issues relating to the preventative, palliative and curative care of nonhuman animals in a range of cultural contexts;
3. demonstrate a critical awareness of the implications (benefits and limitations) of utilising nonhuman animals in biomedical and therapeutic contexts;
4. demonstrate a critical awareness of the implications of zoonotic disease in relation to the anthrozoological understandings of human-nonhuman relations, as well as the ethical implications of human-nonhuman coexistences;
5. demonstrate a critical awareness of the processes and implications of zoopharmacognosy in a range of nonhuman species;
|Discipline-Specific Skills||6. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the potential and actual role of anthrozoology in helping to promote the welfare of human and nonhuman subjects;|
7. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of, and ability to critically assess a selection of key theoretical debates from anthropology and cognate disciplines surrounding human interactions with nonhumans in medical and therapeutic contexts;
8. apply a range of relevant theoretical models effectively in the critical analysis of ethnographic case studies and/or empirical data;
|Personal and Key Skills||9. identify a coherent research question and conduct independent research to answer that question;|
10. effectively communicate complex ideas in a clear, accessible and academic manner;
11. synthesise and critically analyse material from a wide range of sources;
12. present theoretically engaged and critically analytical research in accordance with the requirements of a peer-reviewed academic journal.