Number of credits: 6 ECTS Price: 840 €
Price for UAB students*: 200 €
*Max. 5 places
Teaching Language: English Place: UAB Campus

Teaching Period: 25 June to 12 July


Professor: Noelia Igareda

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Noelia Igareda is a lecturer Serra Hunter in Philosophy of Law (UAB), who is accredited with a PhD in Law (UAB), a Master in Gender Equality (UAB, a BA in Law and a Diploma of specialisation in economics (University of Deusto). She has been a Lecturer of Philosophy of Law since 2006, as well as a researcher in competitive projects on the field of bioethics, gender, law and gender violence. She has teaching experience in subjects as Bioethics and Gender and Law in English (Law Degree). Moreover, she has teaching experience also in Spanish and Catalan in subjects as Bioethics, Health Legislation, Gender and Law, Introduction to Law, Theory of Law, Philosophy of Law and others.


Contents 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 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 and biomedicine.
  •     Understanding of the plurality of ideas and values around these issues in today's democratic societies.
  •     Create an appropriate space of debate to facilitate the adoption of personal positions based on possible consensus, to evaluate the legal regulations, existing social conventions and moral convictions.


Week 1
  •     Bioethics: Origins; science and technology during the twentieth century
  •     Bioethics: Gender; Moral pluralism; Cultural diversity.
  •     Bioethics and Law: International Presentation by the lecturer Debate in class Analysis of a casenorms and national legislation and public policies.
  •     Health care: The rights of the patient; The confidentiality of the medical history and the new information technologies.

Week 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.

Week 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.

Teaching / learning activities

Week 1
  •     Presentation by the lecturer
  •     Debate in class
  •     Analysis of a case

Week 2
  •     Presentation by the lecturer
  •     Debate in class
  •     Analysis of a case

Week 3
  •     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)

1st case (to be submitted the 1st July)
2nd case (to be submitted the 8th July)

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