Free Online Course on Introduction to Animal Ethics

The Kyoto University is offering free online course on Introduction to Animal Ethics. This course has several distinctive characteristics from other animal ethics education materials.

In this five-week course, applicants will learn about what ethical issues arise in human-animal relationships, and how to think about such issues systematically. This course will start on January 18, 2018.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject: Philosophy & Ethics
Institution: Kyoto University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on January 18, 2018

Providers’ Details

Kyoto University is acknowledged as one of the most accomplished research-oriented universities in Asia. The validity of that reputation is testified by the accolades conferred on our alumni researchers, most notably eight Nobel Prize laureates who undertook vital research during their time at the university.

About This Course

Why do many of us who eat pigs condemn those who eat dogs? Is there any difference between lab mice and companion hamsters that justify the use of the former for drug tests? Our attitude toward animals is full of seeming inconsistencies and unexplained conventions. Animal ethics is the field that tries to make sense of human-animal relationships using insights from philosophical ethics, and this course is an introduction to the field.

Why Take This Course?

This course has several distinctive characteristics from other animal ethics education materials. First, this course uses situations of animals in Japan as illustrative cases, which makes this course as a means to learn something about Japanese culture. Second, it also uses Mange to think about actual situations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Systematic thinking about ethical issues related to human-animal relationship
  • Basic principles for the treatment of companion animals
  • The idea of animal welfare and its application for animal experimentation
  • Controversies over farm animals
  • Controversies over zoo animals
  • Philosophical debate over specialism and animal rights

Instructors

Dr. Tetsuji Iseda

Tetsuji Iseda was born in Fukuoka, Japan, graduated from Kyoto University, and received Ph.D. from University of Maryland (philosophy).

Requirements

None

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