Finland, Helsinki

Introduction to Bioethics

when 4 August 2015 - 20 August 2015
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 640

Research on biosciences and biotechnologies has evolved vastly during the past decades. Biosciences and their novel applications now have an enormous impact on society in shaping our understanding of life, death, sickness, health and environmental sustainability.

This course engages with the philosophical study of the ethical controversies brought about by advances in biology and medicine. The students will be introduced to the history of bioethics; to the role of various theories and approaches; to medical, environmental and technological ethics; and to ethical questions related to novel biotechnologies. The course will also probe into biolaw and its developments.

Course leader

Professor Jaana Hallamaa

Target group

Introduction to Bioethics is designed for Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral students who can tie in bioethics with their primary field of study, such as philosophy, theology, ethics, medicine, biosciences, law or adjacent fields.

Course aim

The course will give an overview of the development of bioethics, as well as different theoretical approaches and examples of practical problems within the field. Case studies give an opportunity to analyse and formulate arguments in favour of and against different types of solutions, highlighting the complexity of bioethical problems.

Fee info

EUR 640: This course fee applies to degree and PhD students who pay the fee before June 1, 2015.