Course presentation

The 21st Summer Course in Bioethics will be held on July 3-7, 2023. The Course “Dialogue, Friendship and Polarization in Bioethics” will be held in Italian and English.

The Course is organized by the Faculty of Bioethics in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights established within the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum and the European University of Rome.



Today we are increasingly witnessing conflicts in the areas of politics, religions, mass media and economics in our globalized reality. These polarizations are also evident in academia in general and in bioethics in particular. This summer course will examine some of the causes of the tensions and offer proposals for solidarity through the lens of the Social Doctrine of the Church and in light of the Encyclical Fratelli Tutti.

Structure of the Course

The Summer Course will analyze some of the theoretical roots of the growing division from the perspectives of philosophy, theology, sociology, and communication sciences. It will also touch on the following issues: intercultural and interreligious dialogue, globalization, human rights, media and fake news, truth and tolerance, and neutrality in the sciences. The Course will also examine how these polarized positions are found in bioethical debates. The Course is structured in lectures, question and answer sessions, seminars, film forums and interactive group activities. The group activities will be reserved only for those on campus.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

– Identify contemporary issues of tensions in bioethics

– Analyze the causes of the tensions and polarizations in bioethics

– Offer for solidarity, dialogue, and social friendship in the field of bioethics


Admission and enrollment

– January 7 through June 26, 2023.

– Number of course participants: 10 to 60.


Academic Fees

The payment is made once the student has registered and according to the instructions that will be provided by e-mail. Payment can be made by credit card, bank transfer, or at the Athenaeum desk by appointment.

Standard Fee:Five sessions (5 days)270€
Five sessions (5 days) + 1 (ECTS) through an exam275€
Special Category:Priests, Religious, APRA Bioethics Students, APRA Alumni, PhD in Bioethics, RIU ProfessorsFive sessions (5 days)220€
Five sessions (5 days) + 1 (ECTS) through an exam225€


Thanks to the support of the Farrell Family Foundation, scholarships are available for those who attend on campus. To obtain the scholarship, register by June 4, 2023.

Practical issues

The course will be conducted in Italian, with simultaneous translation into English. The summer course is one of the optional courses of the License in Bioethics and is valid for 1 ECTS for those who attend on campus  and take the final exam. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance. For other language groups, simultaneous translation will be offered if the number of students is greater than 10.