基本素養 Basic Literacy

文化素養
Cultural Literacy
歷史意識
Historical awareness
藝術涵養
Art and visual literacy
公民素養
Civic literacy
國際視野
Global Vision
生命關懷
Concerns of Life

核心能力 Competence

語文欣賞及運用能力
To use language skills
慎思明辨能力
To think critically
跨領域能力
To cross disciplinary boundaries
社會變遷因應能力
To adapt to social change
生活實踐能力
To practice
創新與領導能力
To innovate and lead

課程概述 Course Description

This course examines the ethical relations between humans and animals by drawing upon the disciplines of History and Ethics. The first half of the course offers a historical survey of the ways that people have interacted with nonhuman animals, for example: hunting, domestication of livestock, keeping of pets, use of animals in science, etc., and considers the ethical implications of these interactions on past and present human-animal relationships. The second half of the course familiarizes students with major moral arguments and positions given in defence of animal use and animal protection. It encourages students to develop their own views on ethical problems concerning animals in contemporary society and devising potential solutions and possible lines of action to these challenges.

課程學習目標 Course Objectives

  • Understand the basic contour of human-animal relations in history
  • Understand the roles that animals have played in human civilization
  • Understand major forms of human uses / abuses of animals, past and present
  • Gain knowledge of major theories in animal ethics
  • Apply these ethical theories to specific moral issues in a consistent manner
  • Formulate one's own views and lines of action to be taken on the these issues
  • Think pro-actively on ethical challenges facing the contemporary world
  • 課程進度 Course Outline

    週次 Week進度說明 Progress Description
    1Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (HAS) and Its inter-disciplinary nature
    2An overview of contemporary ethical issues concerning animals
    3The “Anthropocene” and the History of Domestication
    4The “Anthropocene” and the History of Domestication
    5History of Pet-keeping
    6Ethical Issues concerning Pet-keeping
    7Farm Animals: Past and Present
    8Farm Animals: Past and Present
    9Animals in Science: Past and Present
    10Animal Ethics in Classical Thought: ‘Humanism’ and ‘Anthropocentricism’
    11Animal Ethics in the Christian Tradition
    12Utilitarianism: Jeremy Bentham & Peter Singer
    13The Rights Position: Henry Salt, Tom Regan, and the ‘Rights vs. Welfare’ Debate
    14Ecofeminism: Josephine Donovan, Carol J. Adams and the Ethics of Care
    15Thinking about Animal Activism
    16Project Presentation
    17Project Presentation
    18Project Presentation
     以上每週進度教師可依上課情況做適度調整。The schedule may be subject to change.

    有關課程其他調查 Other Surveys of Courses

    1.本課程是否規劃業界教師參與教學或演講? 否
    Is there any industry specialist invited in this course? How many times? No
    2.本課程是否規劃含校外實習(並非參訪)? 否
    Are there any internships involved in the course? How many hours? No