Saint Louis University

Study Abroad MadridHCE Study Abroad: Madrid Spain
May 29 through June 16, Monday-Thursday
Instructor: Jeffrey P. Bishop, M.D., Ph.D. 

The Center for Health Care Ethics is pleased to offer two three-week summer intensive course in Madrid, Spain. Open to students in all majors. These courses will take place May 29 through June 16. Students who are interested in learning more about the program are invited to contact the program coordinator.

HCE 3300 / PHIL 3300: Bioethics and Human Nature Through Film (3 credits)

  • Three-week intensive course in Madrid, Spain 
  • 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday 

This three-credit course (HCE 3300 / PHIL 3300) uses popular films to explore how medicine and biotechnology challenge definitions and conceptualizations of being human. The course will consider the ethical dilemmas posed by such diverse practices as abortion, euthanasia, cognitive enhancement/manipulation, and genetic enhancement. The course and all films are presented in English. Knowledge of the Spanish language is not required.

This exciting interactive course will examine the social and cultural dynamics that influence issues in bioethics in both Spain and the United States by engaging students in cross-cultural analysis. The course offers unique opportunities for dialogue with health care students and professionals in Spain and includes a field experience in a local hospice/home for the aged. The program includes a group day trip to the historical sites of Avila and Segovia. Students will also have the option to participate in a weekend excursion to Cordoba (the cost is additional to the program cost).

HCE 3010: Ethics in Clinical Medicine (3 credits)

  • Three-week intensive course in Madrid, Spain
  • 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday

This course (HCE 3010) examines ethical issues encountered medicine, specifically by physicians and residents. It employs a case-based approach with supplementary readings on the general principles of biomedical ethics. Clinical problems related to the practice of medicine will be examined contextually, with attention to institutional, cultural, and moral issues that undergird controversies in clinical ethics.

All participants may register for additional courses at the SLU Madrid campus. To see the full list of courses offered through the Madrid campus, please visit:




Jeffrey Bishop, MD, PhD


*Program requires the participation of at least eight students.



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