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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
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2016 12/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 03/07/2016 03/11/2016
NOTE: All applications submitted after December 1 will be assessed a $100 processing fee.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CWRU Short-Term Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate
Number of Credits: 3 Program Advisor: Office of Education Abroad (Email
Courses Offered: Bioethics Case Credit Type: Engineering Humanities Credit, Global and Diversity Credit
Deposit: $200
Total Program Cost:
Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, breakfasts, Housing Not Included in Program Costs: Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Passport Fees, Visa fees
Program Purpose: Study
Program Description:

Course Dates : March 7-11, 2016; Lodging Booked: March 5-13. This course is taught by Michael Flatt (

This 3-credit course is collaboration between Case Western Reserve University and the Université Paris Descartes. The course includes a ten-day trip to Paris, France over Spring Break. This course offers a cross-cultural comparison of ways in which the French and American medical systems are structured. Students will have the unique opportunity to learn first-hand how the French medical education system has evolved as a consequence of the social, cultural and political history of France. 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. Ethical issues that may be considered may include reproductive rights, decision-making involving severely impaired newborns, withholding/withdrawing life-sustaining treatment and issues in organ donation and transplant.  The course also emphasizes the role of French culture and history while in Paris with museum and site visits designed to complement seminar content 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.