Bioaesthetics: for an understanding of Global Bioethics through aesthetic experience

Course presentation.

The 22nd Summer Course in Bioethics “Bioaesthetics: for an Understanding of Global Bioethics through Aesthetic Experience” will be held on July 1-5, 2024. The course will be conducted 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 Atheneaum Regina Apostolorum and the European University of Rome.


Proposing the universal values and principles of bioethics through the universal language of art seems to be an innovative and effective way to address contemporary cultures that are inclined to graphic and digital communication and emotional experiences. Once the foundation and relationship between the good and the beautiful is identified, the principles and values of global bioethics and its convergences with personalist bioethics (bioaesthetics) will be analyzed through artistic experience. The Course will lead participants to the realization of pedagogical projects for education in bioethics through artistic resources.

Course Structure

The Course aims to study the relationship and interaction between bioethics and art and the impact of art on human behavior. Bioaesthetics aims to inspire lovers of the arts to appreciate universal artistic language as a possibility for the expression of moral values and ethical principles, with respect for human dignity and human rights, in a globalized world.

The Course will enable the evaluation and dissemination of the transformative power of the arts in bioethics and its influence on culture. It will also stimulate consideration of the role of the arts in bioethics education.

Finally, the Course aims to assess the impact of the transformative power of the arts in medical research and ethics as well as environmental ethics.

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

– Identify the foundation and relationship between ethics and aesthetics.

– Define Bioaesthetics in its relationship to global bioethics and personalist bioethics.

– Design pedagogical proposals for education in bioethics using artistic resources.

Admission and registration

January 7 through June 28, 2024.

Number of participants in the Course: 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:ONLINE: Five sessions (5 days)270€
ON CAMPUS: Five sessions (5 days) + 1 (ECTS) through an exam275€
Special Category: Priests, Religious, APRA Bioethics Students, APRA Alumni, PhD in Bioethics, RIU ProfessorsONLINE: Five sessions (5 days)220€
ON CAMPUS: Five sessions (5 days) + 1 (ECTS) through an exam225€


Further information:

Practical Matters

The course will be conducted in Italian, with simultaneous translation into English. The summer course is one of the optional courses of the Licentiate in Bioethics and is valid for 1 ECTS for those who will participate in person 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.