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Anthrozoology in practice

Additional course evaluations for BI1375

Academic year 2020/2021

Anthrozoology in practice (BI1375-10311) 2020-08-31 - 2021-01-17

BI1375 Anthrozoology in practice, 15.0 Credits

Antrozoologi i praktiken

Syllabus approved




Education cycle

Second cycle


Title Credits Code
Modul 1 7.50 1002
Modul 2 7.50 1003

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Degree of Bachelor in
- Biology or
- Animal Science or
- Veterinary Medicine or
- Veterinary Nursing or
- Equine Science or
- Agricultural Science including 30 credits in Zoology

Knowledge equivalent to the course English 6 from a Swedish upper secondary school.


The aim with this course is to give the students the possibility to use earlier knowledge to develop their competence within the area of human and animal interactions, both scientifically and practically.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- analyse and discuss relations between humans and animals, in different situations,
- describe the limitations our animals have to deal with living with humans, from the perspective of behaviour, communication, handling and attitudes,
- analyse consequences from interactions between humans and animals. Including farm animals, pet animals, zoo animals and therapy-animals,
- from the perspective of animal welfare legislation describe and discuss human and animal interactions,
- with animal welfare legislation as a foundation, debate ethical dilemmas that can arise within the human and animal interactions in society, in both writing and orally,
- give advice to animal owners, and give feedback on peer students’ presentations,
- analyse how animals are handled in the perspective of different professions, and how the everyday handling may be improved based on the scientific knowledge,
- write a scientifically based action plan for improving animal handling in relevant professional contexts.


Anthrozoology is the science of human-animal interactions. It includes the scientific areas of both biology and the social sciences. The aim of this course is to increase the scientific knowledge in society concerning human and animal interactions, as well as awareness of the consequences of these interactions. The target group is all professionals who work with animals on a daily basis. In the course, students will learn how attitudes affect handling of animals, and consequently the welfare of animals, as well as how working environments may be improved for both humans and animals.

The overall aim is to achieve better animal welfare and safer working environments. The course is founded in the evolutionary background of animals and humans. The basic needs, including behavioural needs, of animals that must be fulfilled by management and husbandry routines to not cause suffering. A profound knowledge of how human behaviour and actions affect animals is necessary as well as knowledge about how behaviour may be changed long term. In the course, students also practice generic skills such as reflection and critical thinking.

This is a distance course where the main part is done on the learning platform Canvas. However, at three occasions there will be lectures and discussions at the SLU campus. These meetings are scheduled Friday-Sundays. The aim with the meetings is to exchange ideas, listen to each other’s views, and to reflect together. The course content is made up of web-based lectures, videos, discussions, reflections, practical exercises and written projects.

Seminars, practical exercises and study visits are compulsory parts in the course.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written and oral examination. Passed participation in compulsory course modules.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Practical exercises occurs in the course, as well as study visits. Additional costs can be included.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Environment and Health

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Zoologi (djurbiologi)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Second cycle
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1375 Application code: SLU-10296 Location: Ortsoberoende Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of Animal Environment and Health Pace: 50%