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Animal Welfare and Legislation

Additional course evaluations for HV0184

Academic year 2021/2022

Animal Welfare and Legislation (HV0184-40006) 2022-05-02 - 2022-06-05

Academic year 2020/2021

Animal Welfare and Legislation (HV0184-40022) 2021-05-03 - 2021-06-06

HV0184 Animal Welfare and Legislation, 7.5 Credits

Djurskydd och författningskunskap

Syllabus approved



Biology Animal science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

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

Knowledge equivalent to:
- 45 credits of animal science
- 45 credits of biology, including 15 credits of zoology


On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
-account for the legislative process, the construction of the animal welfare legislation on a national and EU-level including decision making regarding different sets of regulations
-describe whereto and how a farmer, researcher, zoo-manager etc apply for the approvals needed in accordance with the animal welfare legislation
-account to how to develop new legislation and make alterations in the legislation from a scientific perspective
-describe the different sets of legislation are present within the animal welfare, and related areas, are available and describe their content
-account for what stakeholders have authority according to the animal welfare legislation
-search for scientific publications and legislative texts and, when writing, refer to these correctly


The course deals with the animal welfare legislation and its applications. The course also focuses on other animal related legislation where knowledge is important, e.g. preventative health, feed and environmental legislation. Both Swedish and European legislation is covered. The course deals with the scientific basis for legislation, the legislative process, and the consequences of legislation for the animals in different contexts such as housing, handling, transport, competitions, breeding, experiments, slaughter and euthanasia. The course contains lectures, study visits, exercises, and base group work according to PBL (Problem Based Learning) as well as a group project.
Compulsory modules may be e.g. study visits, seminars, PBL-work etc.
The generic competences trained are: social interactions, oral and written communication, problem solving, analysis and argumentation techniques.

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

- A student who has been admitted to and registered on a course is entitled to receive teaching and/or supervision only for the course date he/she was admitted to.
- A student who for special reasons is unable to participate in compulsory elements, is entitled an opportunity to recover those elements during a course given at a later date. More information is available in the regulations for education.

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)
Replaces: BI1092, HV0136
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor´s programme Companion and Sports Animals - Bachelor´s programme Ethology and Animal Welfare (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Animal science
Course code: HV0184 Application code: SLU-40099 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Animal Environment and Health Pace: 100%