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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077498, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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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)
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Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
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Mandatory attendance
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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: 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 with laboratory and wildlife animals.
Examination methods: The exam will consist of case studies discussion and final 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 methodologies for critical reasoning and decision making process in Ethics
2. An Introduction to the ethical theories and moral values on animal care and treatment
3. A focus on the Ethical Review Process in the field of Laboratory animals and of Wildlife and Conservation.

Main course unit contents will be:
1. Ethical skills
• The nature of ethics discussion, focusing on critical reasoning and decision making;
• Ethical tools for decision making analysis;
• Identification and analysis of morally challenging situations and awareness of multiple perspectives on contested issues and development of coherent principles of thought and action

2. Theories and Concepts
• Ethical theories and Moral values on Animal Treatment, understanding that there is a broad range of ethical, welfare and scientific perspectives and that thinking on all of these matters evolves over time and is influenced by culture and context;
- Ethical theories and Moral values on Animal Treatment and the need for a culture of care;
• Human-animal bond and different uses of animals, determining a broad range of ethical, welfare and scientific perspectives and reflecting on the consequences of personal actions;

3. Ethical Review Process:
• Concepts and description and need for on-going critical evaluation of the justification for using animals and understanding that the differing views, within society, relating to the scientific uses of animals need to be respected and that compliance with ethical principles may contribute to the long-term trust and acceptance in scientific research from the general public;
• Main ethical issues of animal care and welfare in scientific research, both in the laboratory and in the field, understanding how the law is based on an ethical framework which requires weighing the harms and benefits of projects, applying the Three Rs to minimise the harm, maximise benefits and promoting good animal welfare practices;
- • Limits of animal use in laboratory research: 3R tenet and protocol design and evaluation, understanding the need of implementation of the Three Rs at all stages of the life of a research project and providing a description of the main relevant sources of information relating to the ethical implementation of the Three Rs;
• Harm-benefit assessment: ethical values and methodology, weighing potential adverse effects on the animals against the likely benefits of research projects, both in the laboratory and in the field;
• Wildlife Ethics and Three Rs tenet in wildlife research;
• Ethics Committee, both for laboratory and wildlife animals: composition, functioning and evaluation of compliance with the law, the Three Rs and harm-benefit assessment;
• Ethical values involved in communication, understanding the need to disseminate information that will promote understanding of ethical issues and the application of the Three Rs.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning activities will be based on lectures and practical activities:
• Lectures, seminars and teacher-let demonstrations
• Case study discussion and problem solving
• Debate and discussion
• Gaming and simulations
• Group work

Teaching methodologies will be:
• Taught class
• Group discussion
• Active learning (Enquiry-based learning, Collaborative learning)
Additional notes about suggested reading: Learning materials will be presented during the course and will be available on Moodle (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)