Bioethics - Online

UAB Barcelona Summer School

Bioethics - Lecturer AdriŠn Pascale

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Price: 840 €
Price for UAB students: 200 €
Teaching Language: English
Place: UAB Campus Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) Barcelona
Teaching Period: 22 June to 10 July
Schedule (First period):

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

Professors: Noelia Igareda / Adrián Pascale

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Noelia Igareda is a Lecturer Serra Hunter 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 on the field of bioethics, gender, law and gender violence. Also, 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 is a researcher in Surrogacy in Spain project I+D of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Competitiveness of the Spanish Government. Also, 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.



Content overview

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


Week programme

  Contents   Teaching / learning activities
1 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
2 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
3 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


Analysis of two cases relating to the topics addressed during the course (to be chosen by the students among a limited list of cases given by the lecturer)


Links and references

  • 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.
  • 1st case (to be submitted the 1st July) -50% of the final grade-
  • 2nd case (to be submitted the 8th July) -50% of the final grade-