UAB Barcelona Summer School

03 Bioethic - Adrian Pascale

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Course Fee: 850 €
Course Fee for UAB students and Alumni UAB Premium+ : 200 €
Teaching Language: English
Place: Online
Teaching Period: 21 June to 9 July

  • 9-10h: Lecture class with professor 
  • 10-11h: Interactive seminar
  • 11-12h: Organised tutoring sessions

Registration of international and national students (non-UAB students) before May 16 will get 20% discount.

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Noelia Igareda is a Serra Hunter Lecturer in Philosophy of Law (UAB), PhD in Law (UAB) and Master in Gender Equality (UAB, BA in Law, Diploma of specialisation in economics (University of Deusto). She is a Lecturer of Philosophy of Law since 2006. Furthermore, she is a researcher in competitive projects in the fields of bioethics, gender, law and gender violence.

In addition, she has experience teaching in subjects as Bioethics and Gender and Law in English (Law Degree); and in Spanish and Catalan in subjects as Bioethics, Health Legislation, Gender and Law, Introduction to Law, Theory of Law, Philosophy of Law and others.

Adrián Pascale is a Professor in Philosophy of Law (UAB). He participated as a researcher in Surrogacy in Spain project I+D of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Competitiveness of the Spanish Government. He was also an academic regarding Cyber-violence against women within the ICD (Institut Català de les Dones) of the Catalonian Government and is currently a member of the Spanish team in the European project GENHA (Internet, Far- right wing parties & anti-gender hate speech in Europe). Moreover, he earned a Master degree in Criminology and Judicial Systems (University Pompeu Fabra). He is a Lawyer Specialist in Criminal Law (University of Buenos Aires) and presently he is a PhD candidate in the Law and Enterprises programme of the University of Girona. In addition, he is an expert in media and gender violence.

  • Department of Political Science en Public Law 
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Content overview

This course requires intellectual interest and discursive and critical ability to analyze new challenges posed by the scientific advances in the fields of life sciences, humans and biomedicine.

The aims of the course are:

- Analysis of the historical and scientific context in which "Bioethics" is born.

- Identification of the new problems and current debates generated by the new advances in the field of life sciences, new technologies and biomedicine.

- Understanding of the plurality of ideas and values around these issues in today's democratic societies.

- Creation of an appropriate debate space to facilitate the adoption of personal positions based on possible consensus, to evaluate the legal regulations, existing social conventions and moral convictions.


Week programme

 Week   Contents Teaching/Learning activities

Bioethics: Origins; science and technology during the 20th century

Bioethics: Gender; Moral pluralism; Cultural diversity.

Bioethics and Big Data. Exploitations and Commercialisation of user data: New technologies vs. right of privacy & non- discrimination.

Health care: The rights of the patient; The confidentiality of the medical history and the new information technologies.

Bioethics and Law: International norms and national legislation and public policies.

Presentation by the lecturer

Debate in class

Analysis of a case

Sexual and reproductive rights: Sexual education and contraceptive methods; Abortion; Conscientious objection of health professionals.

Assisted Reproduction I: Techniques of Assisted Reproduction; The legal status of embryos; Donation of gametes and anonymity.

Assisted Reproduction II: Surrogacy; Reproductive cloning; Individual freedom, contract and the market.

Presentation by the lecturer

Debate in class

Analysis of a case

Human Genetics: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis; Gene therapy; Genetics and Eugenics.

End of life: rejection of health treatment; Palliative care and terminal sedation; Euthanasia.

Justice and Health: Assignment of health resources; Equality and health; Obligations towards future generations.
Presentation by the lecturer

Debate in class

Analysis of a case


The assessment is based on the analysis of one case relating to the topics addressed during the course which is to be submitted the 1st July (50% of the final grade) and a final oral exam which will include all the program’s content (50% of the final grade).


Links and references

  • DICKESON, Donna (2012): Bioethics: all that matters, London, Hodder Education.
  • DOLGIN, Janet L. (2005): Bioethics and the Law, New York, Aspen Publishers.

  • The Hasting Center:
  • Documents on Bioethics and Big Data: exploitation and commercialisation of user data in public health. Available in:

  • KUHSE, Helga and SINGER, Peter (2011): A companion to Bioethics, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • RODEN, D.  (2017) “Humanism, Transhumanism and Posthumanism” available in:

  • TOMLINSON, T. “Balancing Principles in Beauchamp and Childress” Michigan State University. Available in: