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What About the Family?, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 7 days


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.

The What About the Family? programme is delivered by the University of Groningen. This Summerschool will explore new theoretical and practical approaches to address the challenges posed by responsibilities generated by new forms of healthcare 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. As a special field of interest, issues in genetics and screening is chosen. In the field of genetics, family is the context in which decisions are made and modulated. But it is also the other way around: genetics itself lead to new forms of kinships dependencies.

Research questions and themes to be addressed include:

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 7 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Participants will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical approaches to ethics of families, and their applications, especially on the field of genetics, screening and decision-making. Participants will have ample opportunities to present their own research and benefit from feedback from internationally renowned scholars.

This summerschool will be organiszed for the second time and can be seen as the outcome of an international collaboration between several internationally renowned scholars, subsidized for by a network grant of NWO during the period of 2014-2017. 

For more information, please visit the programme website.


                This summer school is intended for /MA/PhD/Postdocs and researcher in the fields of ethics, philosophy, social sciences or other related fields.


                • Prof. dr Veerle Provoost, University of Ghent
                • Prof. dr Christian Munthe, University of Gothenburg
                • Dr. Kristin Zeiler, University Linköping
                • Prof. dr Marian Verkerk, University of Groningen
                • Dr. Ainsley Newson, University of Sydney

                English Language Requirements

                This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

                Academic Requirements

                Level BA/MA/PhD/Postdoc/Practitioners

                Language Requirements

                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.

                Please submit the following documents with your application:
                • Motivational letter including a short description of current work (2 A4 max.)
                • provisional research question you want to develop further during the course
                • Brief CV

                Tuition Fee

                • International Applies to you

                  500 EUR/full
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 7 days.
                • EU/EEA Applies to you

                  500 EUR/full
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 7 days.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                €745 (including housing)

                Living costs for Groningen

                • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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