Course code MP05
Course title Health and Medicine : Social, Political, and Ethical Issues at National and European Levels
Institution Mines ParisTech
Course address Ecole des mines de Paris, 60 boulevard Saint-Michel, 75272 Paris, Cedex 06
City Paris
Minimum year of study 3rd year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French Poor
Key words

Biomedicine, Patient Organizations, Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industry, Biomedical, Research and Health Institutions, Ethics, Europe, Social and Political Analysis

Language English
Professor responsible Vololona RABEHARISOA, Centre de sociologie de l’innovation, MINES ParisTech
Telephone +33
Participating professors

Provisional list:

Dick WILLLEMS , Divisie Klinische Methoden en Public Health, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Véronique STOVEN, Centre de Bio-Informatique, MINES ParisTech, France


Number of places Minimum: 10, Maximum: 25, Reserved for local students: 0

The domain of health and medicine is currently confronting a series of transformations: the increasing entanglement between biological sciences and medical practice; the emergence of new actors (patient organizations), and networks (public-private partnerships) who actively intervene into biomedical activities and health issues; the development of ethical concerns on medical experimentation and research protocols.

The course aims at providing an understanding of these transformations, with a particular focus on their economic, social, political and ethical dimensions, both at national and European levels. It addresses the following issues: (i) the development of biomedicine after WWII, and its impact on research and medical practices; (ii) the engagement of patient and user organizations as stakeholders in the governance of medical research and health policies, alongside public institutions and the pharmaceutical and biotech industry; (iii) the increasing importance of ethical considerations in the development and use of biomedical innovations and health technologies.
Programme to be followed
Prerequisites No prerequisites, except an interest in current debates and biomedecine
Course exam Exam will take place on last day (Friday), (format to be announced)