AP302 Animals and Public Policy

Course Description

This course provides an overview of public policy in the areas of farm animals, wildlife, companion animals, and research animals. From the 3Rs to the five freedoms, students will gain a working knowledge of current policy debates related to animal protection. The course provides an opportunity to explore and evaluate policy alternatives. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the major elements of public policy and policy analysis;
  • Describe and critique laws that currently govern the treatment of animals in the United States; and
  • Locate and analyze legislation and to formulate and evaluate policy alternatives to enhance animal protection.

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Policy Making
  • Policy Design and Analysis
  • Politics of Animal Policy: Animal Welfare Act
  • Research Animal Policy
  • Farm Animal Policy
  • Companion Animal Policy
  • Wildlife Policy
  • In the Final Analysis: Animals and Public Policy

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Birkland, T. (2010). An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts and Models. New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.