Core Module Information
Module title: Anthrozoology

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: VET07106
Module leader: Jane Stirling
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

The module provides an introduction to the many and varied ways in which humans perceive, engage, and co-exist with non-human animals in a range of cultural contexts. It covers the history of domestication of a range of species and examines the bonds between humans and companion animals and the benefits and negative impacts of these for both parties e.g. bereavement. The varying attitudes to different species around the world are explored e.g. sacred cows in India, and meat dogs in the Far East, as well as the work of charities which promote non-human animals. The diverse use of non-human animals is examined and includes their use in research, zoos, food industry, therapy, and sport.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Gain an appreciation of the interactions between human and non-human animals in history
LO2: Develop an insight into the bond between human and non-human animals and identify the positive and negative effects of these relationships
LO3: Demonstrate knowledge of, and advocate respect for different cultures, values, views and beliefs in relation to non-human animals
LO4: Explore the roles of non-human animals in society

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jane Stirling
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A number of approaches are utilised to promote the concept of student as an independent and a collaborative learner. A range of lectures, student centred discussion, and small group sessions facilitate students’ learning of the underpinning theory relating to topical subjects (LOs 1 – 4).
Student understanding is further developed by the use of group work, discussion, and debate (LOs 2, 3, 4). These sessions are student led with the lecturer acting as facilitator. Students are encouraged to use problem solving techniques by the posing of problems facing society and its use of animals.
The group presentation assessment fosters team working skills, develops researching skills and emphasises collaborative learning, and is a valuable preparation for the workplace.(LOs 1-4)
Moodle is used to provide further reading material, independent student led tasks, quizzes and revision tests relating to course material covered in class.

Formative Assessment:
Three scheduled sessions will be made available to facilitate students with the group presentation prior to the summative assessment. These sessions are student led with the lecturer acting as facilitator and providing feedback. A final practice session is held in week 10.

Summative Assessment:
Group Presentation: Groups of 4 or 5 students deliver an oral presentation using powerpoint slides on one non-human animal species. This should cover all learning outcomes. Each student must deliver part of the presentation and questions will be asked of each student at the end of the presentation. The overall mark for the group presentation makes up 50% of each individual student’s final mark.
In addition, students individually must submit a written transcript of their part of the presentation with references and an outline of their contribution to the group work. This will make up the remaining 50% of their individual final mark.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 156
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 50 1,2,3 & 4 12 HOURS= 0.10, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 50 1,2,3 & 4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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