Instructors: Nicole Deming, JD, MA; Suzanne Rivera, PhD, MSW
San Sebastian Faculty : Antonio Casado da Rocha, PhD. Research Fellow and Secretary of the Donostia Hospital Ethics Committee and Arantza Etxeberria Agiriano, PhD. Associate Professor of Bioethics and Philosophy of Biology.
This 3-credit intensive course will be held in San Sebastian, Spain. Taught by faculty from CWRU and University of the Basque Country, this course offers students a cross-cultural perspective on Bioethics in the United States and Spain. This course uses the medium of film, complemented by readings in Bioethics, film criticism, and medical research, to introduce students to a number of compelling bioethics problems facing physician-scientists today, including: when life begins; the nature and limits of informed consent; use of randomization without equipoise; medical imperialism (or the appearance thereof); the treatment of so-called “orphan” diseases; use of deception in research; financial conflicts of interest caused by, among other things, the involvement of the pharmaceutical industry in the drug invention process.
Prior to the trip, students will attend lectures at CWRU, which will acquaint them with Bioethics and with the use of film as a medium for stimulating discussion. In Spain, students will attend lectures that will be supplemented by site visits and discussion sessions. Following the intensive course in Spain, students will meet with instructors at CWRU for two hours to discuss their experiences and compare policies and practices in the U.S. and Spain.
The course will be held in San Sebastian, Spain, in the heart of the Basque Country. Introductory lectures will orient the American students to the unique culture and history of the Basque Country. San Sebastian in a beautiful seaside city with easy access to academic and cultural venues, either by foot or via public transportation.
This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and is relevant for students of Ethics, Film Studies, Spanish, Medicine, History, and Psychology (among other fields).
NOTE: Lodging is included in the cost of the trip. Airfare is not included.APPLY
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 12:00-2:00 PM, Location TBD
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 12:00-2:00 PM, Location TBD
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:30-3:30 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art
Saturday, May 4, 2014, 2:30-4:30 PM, Playhouse Square (tentative)
More information will be forthcoming!
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- Winter Break 2014
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- Summer 2014
- May Abroad 2014