Bioethics in Context
All three Summerschools are committed to an innovative and interdisciplinary notion of integrative Bioethics, combining normative-ethical research and a socio-cultural approach of “pluralistic perspectivity” (“pluriperspektivischer Ansatz”). This includes also questions concerning the mediation between academic medical sciences and Bioethics, as well as politics. Fundamental questions and terms related to the subject of Bioethics shall be assessed in their philosophical, medical, legal and political meanings. Due to its’ interdisciplinary dialogue, the Summerschool may offer new perspectives on known problems, which had no or only marginal interest considered in their branch of science.
Concepts as “dignity”, “autonomy” or “presumable will” are often used by representatives of legislature, although there is no further reflection on these notions in the domains of legal and political sciences, not considering its’ philosophical meaning revealing a challenging concept and a vast history of ideas. Vice Versa, a philosophical approach often lacks concretion towards the everyday-problems of physicians or the legal reactions of politics responding to difficulties. The Summerschools and their interdisciplinary direction will especially deal with these aspects to contribute continuative solutions to existing debates.

Summerschool 2012: ‘Individual Will and Ethical-legal Constructs of Will in Medical Ethics and Bioethics’ (Abstract)
Summerschool 2013: ‘Autonomy, Dignity and Life as Basic Coordinates to Medical Ethics and Bioethics’ (Focus: bioethical consensus regarding multidisciplinarity)
Summerschool 2014: ‘ Integrative Bioethics’ (Focus: social institutionalization of a by definition well-founded but academic discourses exceeding range of Bioethics)

In the course of the Summer School 2012 pivotal questions of medical- and Bioethics, like autonomy, Dignity of Man, life and will, will be analyzed towards their “practical capability”. During a three-year period, annual meetings shall reflect topics from a multinational and interdisciplinary view. The variety of distinct subjects involved in the fields of bio- and medicinal ethics will be considered, as well as cultural and juridical perspectives featured in these questions. Intended is an idea of ‘Integrative Bioethics’.

Target Group
The target group involves majorly students on master- and doctorate levels, leaving participants with the ability to engage in relevant public contexts, respectively in corresponding institutions (e.g. ethics councils and committees), concerned with questions linked to Bioethics. This is how the concept of ‘life-long learning’ shall be fostered. A further target group involves students of cooperating universities and their pertinent fields of study, as well as participants of the advanced training offer “Medical Ethics” of the Fernuniversität in Hagen, who will also benefit from the learning materials.

Form of Learning
The events will follow the proven method of ‘blended learning, which combines components of invited lecturers, seminar debates, group sessions on concrete topics, provision of electronic study materials (e-learning) and follow up studies provided by recordings of selected lectures and discussion (videostreaming). For their preparation students will read the study letters and will submit one assignment. This is how they will prepare for lectures and seminars of the Summerschool. Furthermore a formation of multinational studying groups is intended. The Summerschool will be composed of lectures, seminars and working groups, and will be accompanied by field trips. A transition to political-legal practices as the actual media of conversion of bioethically responsible measures will be guarded by workshops, panel discussions with invited speakers of public life (e.g. representatives and members of ethics councils and –comitees). At the end of the Summerschool students will present and discuss their own projects (term papers, master thesis or doctorate thesis). Preparation and follow up studies can be carried out in a ‘virtual learning room’ on Moodle, where learning materials as well as queries and joint learning activities. A student assistant will enable mentoring duties, present and support communications between students and lecturers.


Deutsche Version

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