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Bioethics: Death, Dying & Euthanasia in the Netherlands & the USA (BETH 315G/415G)
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring (May Abroad)
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
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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:
$3,250 Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, breakfasts, Housing
Not Included in Program Cost: Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Passport Fees, Visa fees
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Bioethics: International Bioethics Policy - Death, Dying & Euthanasia in the Netherlands & the USA

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Is it ever permissible for physicians to kill their patients? In the Netherlands, the answer is yes. In the United States, it is no. Are the Dutch sliding down a moral slippery slope? Are the Americans compromising the rights and dignity of dying patients? This 3-credit course is a unique opportunity to examine a range of Dutch and American end-of-life policies and practices with special focus on the unique ethical, cultural, religious, and legal contexts in which they developed.

The course will be taught by two professors, Stuart J. Youngner, MD (CWRU) and Gerrit Kimsma, MD (Netherlands).  The Cleveland portion of the course will be taught during the Spring Semester and will consist of four 2-hour sessions. In the Netherlands, teaching methods will include lectures and discussions of actual cases of Euthanasia that have come to the attention of the formal Dutch Review Committees retrospectively.  Here students will form “mock” committees and review these actual cases using the Dutch legal framework.  Similarly, students will act as “mock” consultants, giving opinions on cases prospectively presented by physicians who wish to proceed with euthanasia. 

To gain insight into the unique Dutch attitude toward end-of-life practices, students will learn about Dutch national development and culture through: a guided walking city historic tour and site visits to the Hague (where they will meet with members of the Health Ministry’s Ethics Committee); the red light district (tour led by head of prostitutes’ union) and a shop where cannabis is legally sold. Students will be asked to explore how becoming familiar with Dutch policies toward intractable social problems has challenged their own cultural assumptions.


This program is currently not accepting applications.