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Medical Ethics

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from your department

On this page you will shortly find information on registration, learning platform, etc.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Applications invited from December 15.

All instruction during Spring term 2021 via Zoom.

In December 2019, a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, appeared in Wuhan, China.  By February 2020, it spread to Europe and North America.  On March 11, the World
Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic.  By April, COVID-19, the
disease caused by the virus, forced half of humanity into some sort of lockdown.

Many countries managed to "flatten the curve" during the spring and early
summer.  Nevertheless, a second wave in November led to further lockdowns in
Europe.  By the end of 2020, COVID-19 is projected to cause around 2 million
deaths worldwide.  It has also lead to a major economic crisis whose effects
will be felt for years.

Without doubt, the pandemic has caused one of the greatest upheavals in modern
history.  It also raises profound philosophical problems.  How should societies
respond to a novel disease about which little is known initially?  How should
they deal with the uncertainties?  How can the harms and benefits of various
public health measures (e.g., lockdowns) be calculated and compared to the
economic harms?

In some countries, hospitals were overwhelmed and healthcare professionals had
to make life-and-death choices about whom to put on a ventilator or admit into
the ICU.  How can they make these life-and-death choices in an ethical way?

Eventually, there will be a vaccine that offers protection to those who do not
have immunity against the virus.  But in the beginning, there will not be enough
vaccines for everyone.  Priorities will need to be set.  The guidelines for the
distribution of this valuable resource should be just.  But what principles of
justice should be used?

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to such moral problems.
Many of the issues that the COVID-19 pandemic raises are problems within medical
ethics; others touch open broader philosophical issues as well as economics,
public health, and political theory.  The course will explore these areas as
they relate to the ongoing pandemic.

This is an interdisciplinary and introductory course.  No background knowledge
in philosophy, public health, economics, or political theory is needed -- just
an interest in the most pressing public issue of our time!

  • Course structure

    Instructor: Greg Bognar


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Contact

    For further information, contact Greg Bognar (