Regis University Announces New Course, Animal Exploitation: International Law and Ethics

The Criminology Department at Regis University has created a new and exciting course offering. The course, titled Animal Exploitation: International Law and Ethics is open to all Regis University students. It will be offered on Tuesday nights at the North Denver campus, from 6 – 10 p.m., beginning June 30, 2015. Registration is now open!

Below is the course description.

CR*457 / MSCR*657 Animal Exploitation: International Law and Ethics
Why do we swoon over cuddly puppies at the pet store but salivate over hot dogs at a baseball game? Why are cows worshipped in India and yet raised in often horrific conditions for their meat, milk, and skins in the United States? Should animals have legal rights or do they exist purely to serve us? These are some of the questions we will grapple with in this course.

Non-human animals figure prominently in our daily lives – in our families, our jobs, our food, our entertainment. Yet we human animals rarely consider the role animals play in society and our attitudes toward them. The study of human-animal interaction has been a relatively recent development in the field of sociology, but the study of animals in society offers valuable sociological, philosophical, and criminological insight into who we are as human beings. In this course we will apply theories and concepts to the various roles that animals play in society, as well as examine the nature of the human-animal bond, with particular focus on the connection between animal abuse and human violence.


The paperback book, titled Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies can be purchased for less than $35. It is also available electronically on Amazon.


Register now!  This course is open to all Regis University students.  Criminology students may be able to take this course in lieu of CR*425 Professional Ethics in Criminology at the undergraduate level or MSCR*625 Ethical Conduct and Positions of Power at the graduate level.  Please speak with your academic advisor if you have any questions about how this “ethics” course may fit with your degree.