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Bioethics and Research Ethics, 4 credits (8FO0107)

Bio- och forskningsetik, 4 hp

Entries/Anmälan Bioethics and Research Ethics

Time: Week 13 and 2 half days in week 15, 2024

Number of students: Maximum 30

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course the students will be able to:

  • Comprehend ethical issues in bioethics and research ethics
  • Identify ethical issues within research and health care settings
  • Analyze and discuss such ethical problems in both oral and written communication.
  • Display an adequate attitude to problems within research ethics and ethics of health care and an understanding of different approaches in ethics.


The course gives an overview of ethical issues in research and health care
Special emphasise is placed on:

  • Research on human subjects
  • The development of modern research ethics
  • Informed consent
  • Ethical issues in emerging biomedical technologies
  • Conditions for authorship and scientific misconduct

Educational methods

Lectures and/or tutorial groups and seminars.


Each participant shall write a small paper about some topic relevant for the course. This shall be presented at a seminar. Each participant shall also be discussant of a paper written by some other participant. (Both can be done individually or in a small group).
To pass each participant shall actively participate in the teaching sessions.

Students who have failed the course or part of the course twice are entitled to request another examiner for the following examination occasion.

Admission requirements

General requirements
Admitted to education at research level (PhD-studies).

PhD students are admitted according to the following priority order:
1. PhD students registred at the Faculty of Health Sciences or PhD students strongly connected to the Faculty of Health Sciences registred at other faculties within Linköping University
2. PhD students registred at other faculties within Linköping University
3. PhD students registred at other universities

Participation in the course of other students than above is only possible if there are fewer applicants from the above groups than students to be admitted.


Pass or Fail.

Previous course evaluation

Evaluation spring-23


At the student's request, course certificate may be issued by the course organiser.

Course Literature

  • Beauchamp, T and Childress, J: Principle of Biomedical Ethics, 5 ed. 2001, New York: Oxford University Press

  • Shamoo, A E and Resnik, D: Responsible Conduct of Research, 2009, Oxford: Oxford University Press

  • Catsanos, R et al. THE ETHICS OF UTERUS TRANSPLANTATION. Bioethics 2013; 27: 65-73

  • Wilkinson, S and Williams, NJ: Should uterus transplants be publicly funded? Journal of Medical Ethics 2016; 42: 559-565

Additional information

If the course is withdrawn, or is subject to major changes, examinations according to this course plan are normally offered on a total of at least three occasions within one year, one of them in close connection with the first examination.
The course is normally given in English.



Course coordinator

Professor Lars Sandman, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, 581 83 Linköping.

Examinator: Lars Sandman

Administrator: Lena Hector

Page manager: siw.carlfjord@liu.se
Last updated: 2023-09-12