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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077498, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOETHICS (MOD.A)
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge BARBARA DE MORI M-FIL/03

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-FIL/03 Moral Philosophy 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Required foundation courses: none
Target skills and knowledge: Analyze, understand and apply the relevant laws on the welfare of wild and laboratory animals.
Learn and develop skills to understand and discuss the ethical dimensions of animal care and welfare in all different fields.
Examination methods: The exam will consist of a written test based on multiple-choice, case studies discussion and oral examination.
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated on the basis of the acquired knowledge in relation to its ability to use and present the concepts and topics learned during the course.
Student is expected to gain experience in legislation data analysis and to deal with ethical questions both on a theoretical and a practical level.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The Course covers:
1. An Introduction to skills and tools for critical reasoning and decision making process in Ethics
2. An Introduction to the ethical approaches to animal welfare issues
3. A survey of the main practical issues of animal care, welfare and animal ethics in the field of animal use A focus on lab animals and Wildlife and Conservation Ethics
Main course unit contents will be:
1. Ethical skills
• Critical reasoning and decision making
• Ethical tools
• Identification and analysis of morally challenging situations
• Awareness of multiple perspectives on contested issues and development of coherent principles of thought and action
• Ethics committee

2. Theories and Concepts
• Ethical theories and Moral values on Animal Welfare
• Human-animal bond and animals in society
• Different uses of animals

3. Animal welfare ethics:
• Concepts and description
• main practical issues of animal care, welfare and ethics in the field of animal use
• Limits of animal use: 3R tenet and protocol design and evaluation
• Wildlife Ethics and Conservation Education
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning activities will be:
• Lectures, seminars and teacher-let demonstrations
• Case study discussion and problem solving
• Debate and discussion
• Gaming and simulations
• Group work

Learning Objectives
1. To develop skills in critical thinking and decision making in ethics
2. To understand the ethical dimensions of dealing with animal care and welfare issues in professional life
3. To Use the knowledge and tools gained to deal with ethical questions both on a theoretical and a practical level

Teaching methodologies will be:
• Taught class
• Group discussion
• Active learning (Enquiry-based learning, Collaborative learning)
Additional notes about suggested reading: Web page:

The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • I. A. Robertson, Animals, Welfare and the Law: Fundamental Principles for Critical Assessment. --: Ed. Routledge, 2015.
  • Radford, M, Animal welfare law in Britain: regulation and responsibility. --:, --.