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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsWhat about the Family?

Course Information

Target group

This summer school is intended for MA, MPhil and PhD students, as well as post-docs and researchers in the fields of ethics, philosophy, social sciences, or other related fields.
Participants should be at least studying towards a university degree in a discipline relevant to the description of the summer school. Applications from higher degree students (MA, MPhil, PhD) and early career researchers are especially welcome.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English .


The summer school programme will start on 13 August and end on 17 August 5PM. We recommend participants to arrive before Sunday 3PM, so they can participate in the welcoming activities.

Download the (tentative) programme

Learning outcomes

After this course participants will be able to:

  • Articulate their view on what an ‘ethics of the family’ means
  • Describe and critically reflect on core ethical concepts relevant to families
  • Apply and reason about core ethical concepts in family ethics as they relate to genetic and genomic technologies
  • Reflect on how this course may be relevant to their own research and scholarship
Workload + certificate

Preparatory readings before Summer School: 20 hours (120 pages; 6 pages per hour)
Lectures during Summerschool : 40 hours
1 Assignment: 24 hours
After successful completion of the summer school, a certificate of attendance will be awarded.

A critical assessment of an article

The critical assessment is an in-depth reflection on an article selected from the reading list or any other relevant source. The size of the review will be of a minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 double-spaced, typed pages.

For this assessment students should:

  1. State the purpose of the paper
  2. Identify the argument
  3. Assess the argument critically

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