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Medicine, health care, and philosophy


Belgium; Bioethics; Cultural Diversity; Curriculum; Education, Graduate; Humans; International Cooperation; Italy; Models, Educational; Netherlands; Organizational Objectives; Students; Bioethics education; Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics; Graduate education in bioethics; Moral imperialism


Designing bioethics curriculum for international postgraduate students is a challenging task. There are at least two main questions, which have to be resolved in advance: (1) what is a purpose of a particular teaching program and (2) how to respectfully arrange a classroom for students coming from different cultural and professional backgrounds. In our paper we analyze the case of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics program and provide recommendations for international bioethics education. In our opinion teaching bioethics to postgraduate international students goes beyond curriculum. It means that such a program requires not only well-defined goals, including equipping students with necessary skills and knowledge, but also it should first and foremost facilitate positive group dynamics among students and enables them to engage in dialogue to learn from one another.


Biomedical Ethics


Graduate Medical Education