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SO345 - Beastly Sociology

  • Module code: SO345
  • Module name: Beastly Sociology
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

What part do animals play in our lives? Do you think of your pets as part of your family? Do you ever wonder how the animals we eat end up on our plates or whether it’s ethical to use animals in scientific experiments? What is it that separates humans from animals and why is it that animals are treated differently from humans? In this module we explore these questions, looking at the place of animals in our daily lives and how this varies cross-culturally and over time.

Principal learning outcomes

You’ll learn how relations between humans and animals have changed over time and the important part animals play in human societies; you’ll develop your ability to think critically about human-animal relations and about sociological explanations that largely ignore the part played by animals in society. The module’s engagement with contemporary issues will give you an understanding of conflicts over animal experimentation, animal welfare and animal ethics and an insight into how societies are based not only on inequalities of class, gender and ‘race’ but also on inequalities between humans and other animals. Looking at animals will give you the tools to uncover the assumptions underpinning sociology and other humanist disciplines and will make you look at the world differently. This module will appeal to anyone who has lived with a pet animal, wondered about becoming vegetarian, worried about climate change and the contribution of farmed animals to greenhouse gases, or thought that the way animals are treated needs to be changed.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module will be running in the Autumn term of the 2017/18 academic year.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/prospective/ugstudy/modules/so345

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: SO345-15)
A (Assessed work only) 3000 word essay 100%
B (Examination only) 2 hour examination (Summer) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Law and Sociology (ML33) - Year 3
Optional
  • BA in Sociology (L301) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (L303) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (L304) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (L305) - Year 3
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L306) - Year 4
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L308) - Year 4
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L309) - Year 4
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L310) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods (L311) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods with Intercalated Year (L312) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (ML13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (with Intercalated year) (ML14) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Law and Sociology (ML33) - Year 4
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (ML34) - Year 3
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (ML34) - Year 4
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (with Intercalated year) (ML35) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (with Year Abroad) (VL14) - Year 4