Category: Children

Every Human Has Rights

This short clip introduces the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Teachers might use it to get students thinking about responsibility, the nature of our obligations to people in other countries, the importance of rights to human well being, whether or not some rights are more important than others, and the origins of rights.

The Disregarded Disaster

This short clip looks at the poverty that natural disasters can cause in developing nations. The clip touches on issues relating to responsibility and the media. Teachers might use it to introduce the topic of global justice.

Uncultured Project

This short clip introduces the Uncultured Project, a project geared towards combating poverty. The clip touches on issues relating to community, responsibility, and the media. Importantly, it highlights the poverty that exists in the worlds developing countries. Teachers might use it to introduce the topic of global justice.

World Government by Catherine Lu

The introduction to this article provides an entry-point into the debates surrounding world government. It discusses the appeal of world government, and objections to it. The introduction also touches on alternatives to world government. While the article itself is challenging, teachers might find it useful as a source of ideas and arguments. The article has […]

Why Its Wrong to Test on Animals

This accessible article presents some arguments against animal testing. It also links, throughout, to articles on related topics. The author argues that ‘vivisection is antithetical to animal rights because animals have a right to be free from experimentation, imprisonment, and killing.’ She details the relationship between animal experimentation and human progress, and suggests that ‘[j]ust […]

The Moral Status of Animals by Lori Gruen

The introduction to this article provides a succinct entry-point into current debates on animal ethics. It raises questions concerning the sources of our obligations to other species, and details the various stances that philosophers take in relation to the differences that exist between humans and animals. While the article itself is challenging, teachers might find […]

The Meatrix

‘The Meatrix is all around you. It is the story we tell ourselves about where meat and animal products come from.’ These audio visual clips provide an accessible entry-point into discussions relating to animal ethics. By exposing some of the practices of those corporations that deal in animal products, the clips force those watching them […]

The Future in Your Hands

This short documentary introduces a range of issues relating to animal welfare. Unlike most of the audio visual material that exists relating to animal ethics, this clip does not contain very many unsettling images…

Rethinking Humane Meat by Alex Melonas

This article argues that the move towards consuming ‘humane meat’ (that is, meat which is produced through the ‘humane’ treatment of animals) is ‘a self-serving attempt to satisfy our selfish desire to keep eating animals and to disguise this selfishness as a truly ethical commitment.’ The author suggests that eating meat is not necessary, and […]

Political Philosophy by David Miller

Title: Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction Author: David Miller Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 0-19-280395-6 This short book is an accessible resource for teachers. The book itself is probably, as a whole, too complex for most high school students. Teachers might use it primarily to familiarise themselves with the debates in political philosophy. There […]