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Monday, July 2nd, 2018 - Friday, July 6th

Introductory Course in Bioethics

Rome, Italy, Italy
M.Maioni, PhD

The 17th 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 3-7, the second week course from July 10-14 is “The Medicalization of Sexuality.” 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.

Lectures and topics:
▪ Bioethics Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: history, models, and principles of bioethics
▪ Expecting a Child: the horizon and meaning of human sexuality
▪ Original origins: humanity in its embryonic state
▪ The Five Test Tubes of Human Existence: criteria and orientations of assisted reproduction
▪ GENDEReality: history, current debate, scientific facts of the so-called gender theory
▪ Brave new experiments: bioethics, experimentations, consent
▪ All in their proper places: humanity, family, society, ecology
▪ Homo sapiens 2.0: genetics, neurobioethics, and the posthuman
▪ From Bio-law to Personal Rights: healthcare in the age of medicine of desires
▪ The Tail End of a Symphony: bioethics and end of life
Group work and workshops:
• “Brain death,” “Gender and the Norwegian Paradox,” “Informed Consent”
• Movie forum discussion on GATTACA
Course coordinator: Prof. Massimo Losito
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). For students of the master’s program in bioethics, this thematic course of the second week (July 10-13) is worth 3 ECTS towards their study program. • 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.

For lodging close to the Athenaeum, please contact:
• House of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, Via dei Bevilacqua, 00163 (Tel. 06 6650061; Fax +39 06 66500677 and e-mail: or ; ). • Hotel Roma Aurelia Antica, via degli Aldobrandeschi 223 (Tel.: +39 06.665441; )
• Hotel Aldobrandeschi, Via degli Aldobrandeschi 295 (Tel. +39 06 66415964;

Meals The university has an internal restaurant.

School of Bioethics
Via Aldobrandeschi, 190-00163 Rome
Tel. +39 06 91689931

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