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International Bioethics Policy: Death, Dying & Euthanasia: Netherlands & the USA (BETH 315G/415G)
Amsterdam, Netherlands (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
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:
Faculty Led 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: May 9-20, 2016; Lodging will be booked for May 7-21, 2016.

Instructors: Stuart J. Youngner, M.D.

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. It will be taught by scholars whose work in end-of-life care has received international recognition.

Course Aims and Objectives

This course will compare how two liberal democracies, the United States and the Netherlands, have handled difficult end-of-life issues, including:
  • The Dutch regulation of euthanasia;
  • Regulation of physician-assisted suicide in the state of Oregon;
  • Terminal sedation;
  • End-of-life decisions in newborns;
  • Withholding and withdrawing of artificially provided fluids and nutrition;
  • The legal basis for end-of-life decision making in the USA;
  • Palliative care and hospice;
  • Public trust in medicine and physicians. 

NOTE: Lodging is included in the cost of the trip. Airfare is not included.