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Title Medical research ethics
Course number 2964
Program 0-Inte del av forskarutbildningsprogram
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2017-11-06 -- 2017-11-10
Responsible KI department Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The objective of this course is to provide the doctoral student with tools to deepen his or her knowledge of medical research ethics and good research practice; and to enhance the doctoral student's ability to critically discuss and reflect upon ethical questions that can derive from research. This is to provide the doctoral student with enhanced possibilities to reflect on ethical aspects of his or her own research.
Learning outcomes After having completed the course, the doctoral student should:
- be able to give an account of important research ethical theories and principles.
- be able to identify, analyze and discuss ethical problems in research on humans and animals
- have an ethical approach to research
Contents of the course The course includes the following: - Important research ethical theories and principles. - Ethical guidelines on how to conduct research, such as the Helsinki Declaration. - Cases that are problematic from an ethical point of view. - Ethical aspects concerning research on humans. - Informed consent and its ethical basis. - Ethical aspects concerning research on animals, including arguments for and against using animals for research purposes, as well as the three R:s. - Deviations from good research practice, fraud, fabricated data and plagiarism - Handling of authorship in scientific writing - Conflicts of interest in research - Ethical review - Important concepts and positions in philosophy of science, and connections between philosophy of science and research ethics
Teaching and learning activities Lectures, group work and general discussions.
Compulsory elements Attendance is mandatory for the group work and general discussions. If the student is absent, he or she can to some extent compensate by handing in written answers concerning the cases that have been discussed.
Examination The doctoral student writes an essay on a research ethical theme, in relation to all intended learning outcomes, preferably related to his or her own research. A small number of students get the opportunity to orally present an ethical reflection concerning their research in front of the whole group.
Literature and other teaching material Mandatory literature: - Johansson I och Lynöe N. Medicine and philosophy. A Twenty-First Century Introduction. Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt 2008. - Declaration of Helsinki 2013: http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/ Recommended literature: - Beauchamp, T. L., & Childress, J. F., Principles of Biomedical Ethics. New York, Oxford University Press, (2012) - Helgesson, G., Forskningsetik. Lund, Studentlitteratur, (2015). - Codex: www.codex.vr.se - The Ethics Board: www.epn.se - Good research practice. Vetenskapsrådets reports 3:2011, ISBN 978-91-7307-189-5.
Number of students 30 - 35
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date), 2) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation).
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Course directors
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Course responsible Gert Helgesson
Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik

Gert.Helgesson@ki.se
Contact person Annelie Jonsson
Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik

annelie.jonsson@ki.se