From 28 June 2021 to 2 July 2021
beginning at 09:00
at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
The 19th 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 June 28 to July 2, the second week-long course from July 5-9 is a course for an Update in Bioethics. 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 Coordinator: Prof. Fr. Joseph Tham
• 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.
Bioethics Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: meaning and epistemology
Bioethics Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: history, models, and principles
The Five Test Tubes of Human Existence: general criteria and techniques
The Five Test Tubes of Human Existence: NaProTechnology
Expecting a child: love, sex, fertility and meaning
Expecting a child: contraception
The New Ice Age: Debate on frozen embryos
Tail End of a Symphony: End of Life ethics
Tail End of a Symphony: between therapeutic obstinacy and euthanasia
In the end… Debate on end of life cases
The Five Test Tubes of Human Existence: Cloning
Original origins: status of the human embryo
Shockwaves: consequences of abortion
Informed Consent: Dr. House video and discussions
Original origins: abortion
Face of a Guinea Pig: Borderline Human Experimentations
The ethics of CRISPR and GM humans
Film forum: GATTACA
Improving humanity? Neurobioethics and posthumanism
GendeReality: science, history and philosophy
Group activity on Gender
Service by Number… models of healthcare policies
From Bio-Law to Personal Rights: Conscientious objection and the medicine of desires
Handing out Certificates / Open Forum
UNESCO Chair on Bioethics and Human Rights – Web site
The admission process follows the general norms foreseen for the Faculty. In particular, the course requires possession of at least a high school degree.
Admission period: From January 7 until June 18, 2021.
Number of course participants: 10 – 60.
Payment can be made in the following ways:
Course of Introduction to Bioethics
Priests and Religious, Alumni of APRA,
Groups of 6 or more*.
*Group registration is to be done by the person in charge of the group. The one in charge should:
Students can apply to receive a Tuition Scholarship. Please specify the preferences in the Registration Form.
Many thanks to the Family Farrel Foundation
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