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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Uldis Vēgners
Study type:Full time
Target audience:Medicine
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Philosophy; Ethics


The aim of the course "Bioethics in the movies" is to introduce some of the most important issues in bioethics via watching movies. This will allow students to learn more about the historical and social context of the issues at stake. The course will cover the following biomedical issues – the problems around defining death, ethical issues in transplantation, ethical issues in enhancing humans by genetic manipulation, moral dilemmas about ending of life. During the course students will watch movies and the topics addressed in the movies will be discussed in practical classes.


English language.

Learning outcomes


During the course, the students will acquire a deeper understanding of some of the most important issues in the contemporary bioethics.


Students will be able to analyse and discuss the current issues in bioethics with reference to the historical context of the problems and the way they are perceived in popular culture.


Students should be able to analyse, evaluate and criticise different positions in modern biomedicine; they should be able to express and defend their own opinion.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMFz6Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Medicine, SSNMF5Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Medicine, MF7Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Medicine, MF5Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Medicine, SSNMFz8Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Medicine, SSNMF7Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMFz7Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Medicine, SSNMF6Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Medicine, MF8Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Medicine, MF6Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Medicine, SSNMFz5Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Medicine, SSNMF8Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners