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Bioethics: French Connections - A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Medical Ethics (BETH 315D/415D)
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
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Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2
Courses Offered: Bioethics Program Director/Assistant Director: Michelle L. Champoir-Burke (
Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: Engineering Humanities Credit, Global and Diversity Credit
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: $300
Total Program Cost:
$2,750 Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, breakfasts, Excursion, Housing, In-country transportation
Not Included in Program Cost: Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Passport Fees, Visa fees
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This 3-credit course is a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University and the University of Paris. The course includes a ten-day trip to Paris, France over Spring Break. This course offers a cross-cultural comparison of the French and American medical systems. Students will have the unique opportunity to learn first-hand how the French medical education system is structured and how the social, cultural, and political contexts in France shape medical and ethical issues. The trip includes guided field experiences in French clinical settings, as well as opportunities to engage with French faculty members and physicians about contemporary issues in Bioethics. Pertinent ethical issues include reproductive rights, decision making involving severely impaired newborns, withholding/withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, and issues in organ donation and transplant. The course will also emphasize the role of French culture and history. Museum and site visits in Paris are designed to complement and offer real-life illustrations of course content.
Students are expected to attend six hours of lectures prior to departure. They are expected to become familiar with the representative articles assigned for the course, and be prepared to integrate those readings into pre-trip class participation. Engaged participation while in Paris is expected, and attendance at all pre- and post- course lectures is mandatory. A final paper is required for the course, and students choose their own paper topics based on their experiences in France. Students’ personal photography is integrated into the final paper as a way of drawing connections between course content and every day experiences of Parisians related to medical ethics. Following the trip, students meet for an additional four hours to discuss their papers and synthesize their experiences with their course colleagues and instructors.  

This program is currently not accepting applications.