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Introductory Course in Research Ethics, 4.5 hp

This is an introductory course in research ethics within the social sciences and humanities and it is open to doctoral students, supervisors and researchers at Linköping University. The course covers research ethical problems and concepts, such as autonomy and informed consent, scientific fraud and misconduct and the researcher's responsibility for the consequences of her research. Research ethical declarations and Swedish legislation on research ethics are introduced. Field-specific research problems are discussed as well as research ethical problems experienced by the course participants. After completing the course, the student should be able to identify and describe common research ethical problems, suggest solutions to the problems and justify the solutions by means of basic ethical principles. The student should also be proficient in filling out an application for ethical trial of research. The course consists of 5 lectures and 3 seminars and will be taught in English.

Teacher/Contact person:

Elin Palm (EP), Assistant Professor, telephone: +46 13 28 56 36, e-mail: elin.palm@liu.se, Centre for Applied Ethics (CTE)

Schedule, Spring Term 2019


Active participation and a short written paper to be discussed in a seminar. In the paper, the course participant analyzes a research ethical problem related to her own research project/field of research.

Course literature:

Gustafsson, B. & Hermerén, G. & Petersson, B. "Good Research Practice – What is it?"

This document can be downloaded from: http://www.vr.se/download/18.3a36c20d133af0c1295800030/1340207445948/Good+Research+Practice+3.2011_webb.pdf

Recommended reading:

Oliver, P (2010) The Student's Guide to Research Ethics, Open University Press, Berkshire, England.


Registration is made via an e-mail to Monica Wise: monica.wise@liu.se where name, personal number and affiliation of the course participant are stated. Deadline for course registration is March 12th, 2019.

Sidansvarig: monica.wise@liu.se
Senast uppdaterad: 2019-03-22