August 5 to 21, 2014Last update: 25 March, 2014

Introduction to Bioethics

The University of Helsinki , Department of Systematic Theology
August 5 to 21, 2014
490 EUR Read more
Ms. Jaana Hallamaa, jaana.hallamaa(at)


Research on biosciences and biotechnologies has evolved vastly during the past decades. Biosciences and their novel applications now have an enormous impact on society in shaping our understanding of life, death, sickness, health, and environmental sustainability.

This course tackles the philosophical study of the ethical controversies brought about by advances in biology and medicine. The students will be introduced to the history of bioethics; to the role of various theories and approaches; to medical, environmental and technological ethics; as well as to ethical questions related to novel biotechnologies. The course will also probe into biolaw and its developments.

Course format and teaching methods

The course consists of lectures, case-based workshops, readings and a study journal that will be completed during the course. Prior to the course, students will write an orientation paper based on a bioethical issue. These essays will be discussed in a workshop examining the state of bioethical discussion in the participants' countries.

Teachers and lecturers

Jaana Hallamaa, Ville Päivänsalo, Janne Nikkinen, Eeva Nyrövaara, Juli Mansnérus, Susanne Uusitalo, Riitta Burrell, Johanna Ahola-Launonen, Pekka Louhiala, Heikki Saxén, Pinja Jaspers, Raimo Lahti, C. Aludaat-Dujardin, Topi Heikkerö, Karoliina Snell and Karoliina Nikula.

Means and criteria of assessment

Learning diary based on literature and lectures and integrated in the field of study of each participant, 20 pages. Assessment criteria: formulation of relevant questions, use of material, critical thinking, conceptual clarity.

More information?

Please direct any questions concerning the content of this course to the Course Coordinator Ms. Jaana Hallamaa, jaana.hallamaa(at)

Any questions concerning the general arrangements (accommodation, payments, etc.) should be addressed to the Summer School’s office at summer-school(at)