AK2017 Introduction to Research Ethics 3.0 credits

Introduktionskurs i forskningsetik

Introductory course in research ethics.

This is an introductory course in research ethics. The course covers the major research ethical problems and concepts, such as autonomy and informed consent, scientific fraud and misconduct, the researcher’s responsibility for the consequences of her research, the relevance of ethical theories to research ethics. Researchethical declarations such as the declaration of Helsinki will be introducedand discussed.

After completing this course, the student should be able to identify and describe common research ethical problems, and analyze the problems taking relevant empirical factors into account. Moreover, the student should be able to suggest possible solutions to the problems and to justify the chosen solution by means of basic ethical principles. The course has two specializations, namely for students from 1) the natural sciences and engineering, and 2) the social sciences and humanities. Students choose their specialization in consultation with the teacher at the beginning of the course.

Preliminary, the course consists of 6 lectures/seminars. It is taught in English.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 18 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P1 (3.0 credits)

  • Application code

    50018

  • Start date

    27/08/2018

  • End date

    26/10/2018

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places *

    2 - 10

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Schedule

    Schedule (new window)

  • Planned timeslots

    Only one scheduled class in advance; the participants will agree on the time slots for other classes needed. (more info )

  • Course responsible

    Jesper Ahlin <jahli@kth.se>

  • Teacher

    Jesper Ahlin <jahli@kth.se>

  • Target group

    Eligible for students from all programs, year 3 or higher.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing this course, the student should be able to identify and describe common research ethical problems, and analyze the problems taking relevant empirical factors into account. Moreover, the student should be able to suggest possible solutions to the problems and to justify the chosen solution by means of basic ethical principles.

Course main content

This is an introductory course in research ethics. The course covers the major research ethical problems and concepts, such as autonomy and informed consent, scientific fraud and misconduct, the researcher’s responsibility for the consequences of her research, and the relevance of ethical theories to research ethics. Research ethical declarations such as the declaration of Helsinki will be introduced.

The course is offered to students from the natural sciences and engineering and from the social sciences and humanities. Some classes are given jointly, whereas others are given separately for the different groups.

The course is only taught provided at least 5 applicants accept the course spot offered them. Should less than 5 applicants accept their spot, it is possible to take the course as a reading course in consultation with the teacher.

Disposition

The course consists of 5 lectures/seminars. It is taught in English.

Eligibility

Higher education studies comprising 120 ECTS in the areas of natural sciences/technological sciences or equivalent. English proficiency equivalent to Swedish gymnasium English B.

Literature

Kurslitteratur anslås på kursens hemsida senast fyra veckor innan kursstart.

Examination

  • DELA - Attendance, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • INLA - Assignment, 1.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Satisfactory attendance and passed written assignment.

Offered by

ABE/Philosophy

Contact

Jesper Ahlin, jesper.ahlin@abe.kth.se

Examiner

Karin Edvardsson Björnberg <karin.bjornberg@abe.kth.se>

Supplementary information

The course is only taught provided at least 5 applicants accept the course spot offered them. 

Add-on studies

AK2018, Advanced course in Research Ethics (former code: 1N1121).

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2018.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2011.