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Subject Spotlight: Philosophy – Should animals have human rights?

Event providers: The University of Manchester

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In this workshop students will explore two questions. Firstly, what are human rights and why do we have them? We will pin down the notion of human rights and relate it to examples, such as the right to free speech and the right to freedom from hunger, as well as the concept of dignity. Secondly, we will discuss a question of debate in modern philosophy: should other animals (also) have human rights? Many human rights seem like they can be applied to animals. But, in the first place, why would we even think they should be, and what would the consequences be if they were?

Booking a Subject Spotlight

The University of Manchester’s Subject Spotlight workshops are a range of higher education subject taster workshops presented by University of Manchester PhD students. These pre-recorded digital workshops provide learners with an in-depth insight into a subject which can be studied at university. When you book a Subject Spotlight workshop you will receive everything you need to deliver this workshop in your own classroom using minimal classroom resources. To support you in delivering this workshop, you will be sent a lesson plan and a pre-recorded video presentation with clear points of where to pause the video to allow learners to complete group tasks. When delivered in full these workshops will fill approximately one lesson (~45-60 mins).


  • Pre-recorded video presented by a University of Manchester PhD student
  • Lesson plan
  • Learner evaluation forms

Event Age Groups IconY10, Y11, Y12, Y13

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Pre-recorded workshop, Q&A - on request

Pre-recorded workshop

Gatsby benchmark 7

RPF learner outcomes LO1 LO2 LO5

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Booking info

On the Booking Form, please select the date and time that you plan to undertake this workshop with your learners. We need this information to make arrangements for you to receive the digital workshop resources in time for your planned session. Please state in the 'Further Information' section whether you would like to book a live Q&A session, state your preferred date and time, and add any additional information that you think may help to organise the session.