This course is included in the optional studies of the Bachelor of Laws degree and the Master of Laws degree.
Registration onto this course is open to all students from the University of Helsinki, as well as to exchange students, and to students with the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law.
Apply for the right to complete non-degree studies at the Faculty of Law here: https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/optional-studies-law and https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-law/admissions/apply-to-the-faculty-of-law.
No prior knowledge of animal law or related topics is required.
Upon completing the course, students will be able to:
- describe the core characteristics of animal law as a branch of law, an academic discipline, and a social movement;
- describe and compare select scientific and philosophical theories that have animated past and present debates concerning the status and treatment of animals, and;
- analyze extant and proposed legal instruments for their theoretical and ideological bases and implications.
III teaching period
Through lectures and assigned readings, students will be introduced to:
- the core characteristics and history of animal law as a branch of law, an academic discipline, and a social movement;
- the relationship between animal law and biological taxonomy;
- the relationship between animal law and moral philosophy, and;
- the present state of global legal regulation pertaining to animals in the context of various human activities and enterprises.
Ca 350 pages of assigned readings specific to each session. All materials will be made available on Moodle.
0–5 according to the quality of the student’s final essay. Assessment criteria will be explained at the beginning of the course.
To pass the course, students will be expected to participate in lectures (16 hours), read assigned literature (ca 350 pages), and write a 2000-word essay on a topic of their own choosing.