Summer Course of Introduction of Bioethics

From 1 July 2019 to 5 July 2019 beginning at 09:00 till 18.30 at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum


Current Challenges in Bioethics

18th International Summer Course in Bioethics is organized by the School of Bioethics of the Pontifical Ateneo Regina Apostolorum. This course is offered for those who would like to have a greater comprehension of bioethics principles and different bioethical issues. After this introductory week on Bioethics from July 1-5, the second week-long course from July 8-12 is “ Bioethics, Public Health, and Infectious Global Health Threats.” The summer course is sponsored by the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights.

 

What can I do? What should I do? No human action can escape these questions. The answers to them are not always clear; moral choices are often not at all easy. Complex situations arise when we face suffering or when we have to make life-or-death choices. Other cases may be difficult only because they raise new questions for which we feel unprepared.

Bioethics addresses all these questions and, with an interdisciplinary methodology that combines scientific knowledge with philosophical and theological reflections, it guides us to the right answers. This Summer Course on Introduction to Bioethics offers an overview of bioethical issues in light of the basic principles that guide our practical choices.  Some examples of such choices include whether to start a therapy that could have serious consequences, what a couple may ethically do in order to have or not have a child, what we should do with frozen embryos, how we should teach young people to respect their bodies and not play around with their lives, how we should deal with homosexual tendencies, and to what extent rapid progress in science and technology—cloning, neuroscience, nanotechnology—can “improve” man.

The course will address these and other situations relevant to bioethics, with the help of multimedia materials, lectures by professors from Regina Apostolorum and other experts, and group work. Because human action is always interwoven with ethical questions, we will seek the right answers together, investigating the truth for the sake of life.

Course CoordinatorProf. Fr. Joseph Tham

 

General Information

• The course is meant for medical and health personnel, especially in andrology and gynecology; psychologists and psychotherapists; educators and formators, especially teachers in middle and high school; priests, catechists and other pastoral agents; communicators and sociologists interested in the cultural and social dynamics of our time.
• All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
• Each week of classes is worth 3 credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
• Simultaneous translations will be available in Italian and English.
• For other language groups, simultaneous translation will be offered if the number of students is greater than 10.


Programma

Date

Time

Title

Speaker

7/1/2019

09:00-10:00

Bioethics Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: meaning and epistemology

Joseph Tham

10:30-12:00

Bioethics Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: history, models, and principles

Gonzalo Miranda

12:00-13:00

Case study

Gonzalo Miranda

15:00-16:30

The Five Test Tubes of Human Existence: general criteria and techniques

Joseph Tham

17:00-18:30

The Five Test Tubes of Human Existence: NaProTechnology

Joseph Tham

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7/2/2019

09:00-10:30

Expecting a child: love, sex, fertility and meaning

Melissa Maioni

11:00-12:00

Expecting a child: contraception

Melissa Maioni

12:00-13:00

The New Ice Age: Debate on frozen embryos

Gonzalo Miranda

15:00-16:00

Tail End of a Symphony: End of Life ethics

Gonzalo Miranda

16:00-17:00

Tail End of a Symphony: between therapeutic obstinacy and euthanasia

Gonzalo Miranda

17:30-18:30

In the end… Debate on end of life cases

Gonzalo Miranda

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7/3/2019

09:00-09:45

The Five Test Tubes of Human Existence: Cloning

Joseph Tham

09:45-11:00

Original origins: status of the human embryo

Louis Melahn

11:30-13:00

Shockwaves: consequences of abortion

Janet Morana

15:00-16:30

Informed Consent: Dr. House video and discussions

Joseph Tham

17:00-18:30

Original origins: abortion

Louis Melahn

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7/4/2019

09:00-10:30

Face of a Guinea Pig: Borderline Human Experimentations

Francisco Ballesta

11:00-12:00

Ecological Humanity

Massimo Losito

12:00-13:00

The ethics of CRISPR and GM humans

Joseph Tham

15:00-17:00

Film forum: GATTACA

Massimo Losito

17:30-18:30

Improving humanity? Neurobioethics and posthumanism

Alberto Carrara

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7/5/2019

09:00-10:30

GendeReality: science, history and philosophy

Marta Rodriguez

11:00-12:15

Group activity on Gender

Marta Rodriguez

12:15-13:00

Service by Number… models of healthcare policies

Francisco Ballesta

15:00-15:45

Service by Number… models of healthcare policies

Francisco Ballesta

15:45-16:45

From Bio-Law to Personal Rights: Conscientious objection and the medicine of desires

Alberto Garcia

17:00-17:45

Final Exam

17:45-18:30

Handing out Certificates / Open Forum


Relatori

Prof. Fr. Joseph Tham, LC,

    Ordinary Professor of Bioethics

Prof. Massimo Losito

    Agregate Professor of Bioethics

Prof. Fr. Francisco José Ballesta Ballester,L.C.

    Extraordinary Professor of Bioethics

Prof. Melissa Maioni

    Invited Professor of Bioethics

Prof. P. Alberto Carrara,L.C.

    Professore invitato di Filosofia

Prof. P. Louis Melahn, L.C.

    Professore assistente di Bioetica

Prof.ssa Marta Rodriguez

    Direttrice Istituto di studi superiori sulla donna


Information

Tuition Fees:

Payment can be made in the following ways:

  • At the bursar’s booth in the Athenaeum at the beginning of the course.
  • By a wire transfer. In your payment, please specify your full name, and make it payable to “Corso Estivo Bioetica 2019”

Standard fee

Course of Introduction to Bioethics

€350

Both Courses

€600

Special fee

Priests and Religious, Alumni of APRA, 

Groups of 6 or more*.

Course of Introduction to Bioethics

€275

Both Courses

€450

*Group registration is to be done by the person in charge of the group. The one in charge should:

  1. Submit a presentation letter for the group to the general secretary of the Ateneo, containing the names of all the members and the required documentation (registration form, ID, etc.) for each member.
  2. Pay the all the members’ fees at one time.

Scholarship:

Students can apply to receive a Tuition Scholarship. Please specify the preferences in the Registration Form.

Many thanks to the Family Farrel Foundation

 

Lodgin:

For lodging close to the Athenaeum, please contact:

 

Meals:

The university has an internal restaurant.


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