Bio-ethics and Bio-law (Joint degree)

Health Sciences

General information

  • Credits: 60 ECTS
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Methodology: Semi classroom-based
  • Type: Inter-university
  • Place:
    • On-line. Two week-end classroom-based sessions (Thursday night to Sunday afternoon) a year to be held in ULL or ULPGC
  • Academic direction:
  • Capacity building for professionals to identify the ethical problems in the health area and it is aimed specifically at providing the training necessary to facilitate the creation of Care Ethics Committees (CEA, in Spanish). It is also supplemented with a broader view, as an inter-disciplinary programme has been planned from the very start, ensuring that the academic management and teaching are based on experience and training in different, but complementary areas related to Bio-ethics, Bio-law (Law, Medicine, Research and clinical trials and Nursing)
  • Professionals with an interest in Bio-ethics. It builds specific capacities for being a member of Research Ethics Committees, Clinical Research Ethics Committees, Animal Welfare and Research Committees and Care Ethics Committees
    General skills
    • Teach health professionals to recognise the ethical aspects of their professional practise, knowing how to identify moral conflicts and the values at stake in those conflicts
    • Equip health professionals with the knowledge that will enable them to critically and systematically analyse these aspects
    • Provide professionals with the practical skills to integrate these dimensions in the continual process of decision-making and to be able to argue these in a reasoned manner

    Especific skills
    • Recognise ethical and legal problems in health practise
    • Have sufficient knowledge to understand the most important concepts and theories of the history of bio-ethics, relate these with other, similar disciplines
    • Be familiar with the precedent analysis of issues in Bio-law
    • Construct and criticise formal and informal arguments in the field of Bio-ethics, recognise their strengths and weaknesses and any major fallacy
    • Analyse the structure of complex, controversial ethical problems and detect, formulate and propose alternatives
    • Integrate the ethical discourse, bearing in mind today’s multi-culturalism in advanced societies and develop arguments that attempt to understand this multi-culturalism and better explain its positions
    • Be familiar with the civil and criminal liability of bio-health professionals
    • Identify the aspects of important relations between health care and patients to be able to analyse the ethical problems posed in daily clinical practise
    • Foster a reflexive, attitude, dialogue and communication in any situation requiring decisions about extraordinary measures such as limiting therapeutic efforts
    • Understand the notion of consent, principle of autonomy and familiarity with the conditions required legally for consent to be valid
    • Acquire a favourable disposition towards a communicative clinical relationship based on the patient
    • Understand the importance of methodology in resolving bio-ethical problems
    • Understand methodological diversity and, especially, the differences between principal-based and consequence-based approaches
    • Learn to communicate ethical arguments in public and defend you own convictions
    • Know and appraise the different ethical control tools used in bio-medical research in Spain
    • Reflect on the importance of research in bio-ethics
    • Know the basic contents of the professional code of ethics of doctors and nurses

  • Be in possession of one of the following qualifications: Degree or Master in medicine, Degree or Master in Law, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Psychology or other related fields, Graduates in these fields, pursuant to other syllabuses
  • Students are expected to be sensitive towards the values of respect and the dignity of people, without distinction between cultures, creeds or sexual orientation, and committed to improving society
  • Pursuant to DECREE 168/2008, 22nd July, regulating the procedure, requisites and assessment criteria for authorising the implementation of university studies leading to the obtainment of the official qualifications of Degree, Master and PhD in the Autonomous Region of the Canary Islands (ar. 4.5), students must accredit knowledge of a second language, preferably English with a suitable level and in consonance with teaching needs. This level is usually B1

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