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Bioethics: Bioethics Themes as Expressed in Spanish and American Culture: Film, Television, and Literature (BETH 315F / 415F)
San Sebastian, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring (May Abroad)
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring (May Abroad) 2016 12/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 05/09/2016 05/20/2016

** 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: On-Campus Dormitory
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, In-country transportation Not Included in Program Costs: Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Passport Fees, Tuition, Visa fees
Program Purpose: Study
Program Description:
San Sebastian, Spain (bridge)San Sebastian, Spain (island)

BETH 315F/415F: International Bioethics Policy and Practice: Bioethics Themes as Expressed in Spanish and American Culture: Film, Television, and Literature 
Course Dates: May 9-20, 2016

Instructors: Suzanne Rivera, PhD, MSW; Michael Householder, PhD
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.