Granada, Spain Study Abroad in May

Arial view of Spain.

BETH 315F/415F
Bioethics: Comparison in Bioethics, Spanish and American Perspectives on Health, Wellness, Medicine, and Culture


May Abroad 2023*

This course is a Spring 2023 semester registration that travels after the spring semester has ended. 

This course is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students from any discipline.

Approved for Global and Cultural Diversity Credit, College of Arts and Sciences; Approved for Humanities Credit, School of Engineering


Course Description

This 3-credit intensive course will be held in Granada, Spain over a two week period. Taught by faculty from CWRU and Spanish faculty, this course offers students a cross-cultural perspective on Bioethics in the United States and Spain. This course uses the medium of film, complemented by readings in Bioethics, film criticism, and medical research, to introduce students to a number of compelling bioethics problems facing physician-scientists today, including when life begins; the nature and limits of informed consent; use of randomization without equipoise; medical imperialism (or the appearance thereof); the treatment of so-called “orphan” diseases; use of deception in research; financial conflicts of interest caused by, among other things, the involvement of the pharmaceutical industry in the drug invention process.

Prior to the trip, students will attend lectures at CWRU, which will acquaint them with Bioethics and with the use of film as a medium for stimulating discussion. In Spain, students will attend lectures that will be supplemented by site visits and discussion sessions.


Course Dates

Pre-travel class sessions: Feb 4, Mar 25, and Apr 15. All classes from 9 am- 12 pm.

In-country course dates: May 22- June 2, 2023

Lodging dates: Check in May 20, 2023 and Check out June 3, 2023

No post-travel class sessions


Approximate Cost

Cost for May Abroad 2023:

  • Program fee is $3300 (including deposit)
  • $200 deposit due with study abroad application
  • Remaining program fee billed to CWRU student bill

Program fees cover lodging, breakfast, course-related transportation, speaker fees, etc. Program fees do not cover flight, tuition, additional meals, passport or VISA fees, and activities or transportation outside of course.

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*Courses are subject to cancellation due to low student enrollment, health and safety concerns, or other extenuating circumstances. Director of Bioethics Study Aboard will communicate with students regarding any changes.