"What About the Family? : An interdisciplinary course on ethical issues in health and social care."
In August, Professor Jackie Leach Scully and Dr Simon Woods joined an international team of faculty to deliver a summer school: ‘What About the Family? : An interdisciplinary course on ethical issues in health and social care.’ Held in the historic university city of Groningen in the north of the Netherlands, the summer school was the culmination of several years’ work by members of the international Network On Ethics in Families and its research project Responsibilities in Change, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The PEALS team joined colleagues from the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and the USA to provide a stimulating programme which addressed a range of issues, from fundamental questions such as ‘what is the family?’ and ‘what follows ethically from being a member of a family?’ to evaluations of research methods in bioethics.
The programme was delivered through a mixture of lectures, workshops, group work and lively plenary discussion. Thanks to the enthusiastic group of international and interdisciplinary participants the conversation was always stimulating, with many fascinating as well as challenging questions from the group. A commentary on the summer school has been produced by one of the participants, PhD candidate Ben Kenofer of Michigan State University on the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics blog: http://www.ijfab.org/blog/.
published on: 1 September 2017