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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr George Van Doorn


Previously coded PSS3720


This unit examines the interaction between humans and the other animal species across three major topics. The first reviews the changing nature of the relationship between man and domestic animals across time within selected cultures. The second topic focuses on attitudes, beliefs, and emotions surrounding the interaction between people and companion animals, and animals as objects of leisure and entertainment. Topic three takes an objective approach to the emotive area of animals as food and providers of other products and services and considers ethical issues associated with each of these.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:1) outline the historical background that undepins the current relationship between animals and humans in a variety of settings; 2) demonstrate knowledge of the factors that affect the relationship of humans with animals as companions, leisure and entertainment; 3) critically evaluate attitudes towards animals as sources of products and labour;4) outline the various ethical considerations involved in current uses of animals.


Written work: 40%
Oral presentaion/poster: 20%
2 hour Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr George Van Doorn

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychological studies


48 points of study in any discipline