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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsWhat About the Family?

What About the Family?

An interdisciplinary course on ethical issues in health and social care

21 - 26 August 2017
Deadline for application: 1 June 2017


Prof. Marian Verkerk

700 (including housing)
450 (excluding housing)


Recent developments in healthcare and social care policy are challenging the scope of and theoretical justification for claims based on notions of family responsibility. The considerations cover a wide range, from normative issues of (for example) the basis on which we should expect responsibility to be present, to empirical considerations of how responsibilities come to exist and are enacted in a range of familial situations.

This summer school will explore new theoretical and practical approaches to address the challenges posed by responsibilities generated by new forms of healthcare and social care practice. In particular, we will examine the significance of people’s key relationships (such as with family and community), and how people deliberate and decide about their responsibilities.

Research questions and themes to be addressed include

  • what ‘family’ means;
  • why families matter;
  • negotiating responsibilities;
  • familial roles in decision making;
  • justice within families.

Participants will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical approaches to ethics of families, and their applications. There will be ample opportunities for participants to present their own research and benefit from feedback from scholars with international reputations.

Faculties involved
Faculty of Medicine
Prof. dr Jackie Leach Scully, Newcastle University; Prof. dr Veerle Provoost, Ghent University; Dr. Ulrik Kihlbom, University Uppsala; Dr. Simon Woods, Newcastle University; Prof. Jamie Nelson, State University Michigan; Prof. Hilde Lindemann, Michigan State University; Prof. dr Christian Munthe, University of Göthenburg; dr. Kristin Zeiler, University Linköping; Dr. Katharina Beier, University of Göttingen; Dr. Sabine Wöhlke, University of Göttingen; Prof. dr Marian Verkerk, University of Groningen
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