Course catalogue doctoral education - VT22

  • Application can be done between 2021-10-15 and 2021-11-15
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Title Medical Research Ethics
Course number 2964
Programme 0-Not part of doctoral programme
Language English
Credits 1.5
Notes The course meets the requirements for a general science course.

Date 2021-11-22 -- 2021-11-26
Responsible KI department Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The objective of this course is for the doctoral student to:
- understand central research ethical theories, principles and guidelines, to gain the possibility to reflect over ethical aspects of his or her own research
- understand what is good research and the boundaries for what is ethically unacceptable research with regards to humans and animals, and to the researcher's own academic integrity
- develop a research ethical approach within his or her own research, to others' research and to society
Intended learning outcomes After having completed the course, the doctoral student should be able to:
- give an account of research ethical theories, principles, and, to some extent, guidelines
- account for common problems that arise in the area of research ethics
- identify, analyze, and discuss research ethical issues and conflicts
- conduct a research ethical argumentation for or against a matter
Contents of the course - Central research ethical principles, theories and arguments
- Central philosophy of science - concepts and positions, and its relevance to research ethics
- Research on humans, including informed consent and its components
- Animal research ethics, including arguments for and against using animals for research purposes, and the three R's.
- Ethical reviews and research ethical guidelines, such as the Helsinki Declaration
- Good research practice and deviations from good research practice within research, for example issues concerning fabricated data, fraud and plagiarism, and handling of authorship in scientific writing
- Conflicts of interest in research, such as bias and sponsorship
Teaching and learning activities Lectures, group work and general discussions.
The course takes place on campus, but can be arranged digitally.
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.
When the course is arranged digitally, the students’ examination will be in written form only.
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:

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:
- The Swedish Ethical Review Authority:
- Good research practice. Vetenskapsrådets reports 2017, ISBN 978-91-7307-354-7.
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).
More information This course contains mandatory elements on each course day, and the students are therefore expected to be present during each course day.
Additional course leader
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Course responsible Gert Helgesson
Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics
Contact person Annelie Jonsson
Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik