Research ethics in science and technology

Course Code: GFOK130
Number of Credits: 3 HEC
Number of Participants:  15

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Schedule GFOK130

The course aims to encourage the participants to widen their perspectives on research ethics. In order to achieve this aim the course focuses on self-analysis of the participants' research and research experiences in terms of research ethics and Code of conduct for research integrity. The ambition is that the participants will develop competence to analyse how their subject of research to ethical rules, principles and reasoning. The course includes lectures on central concepts, reading of a selection of original texts, group discussions and the writing of four small essays.

Intended learning outcome
On successful completion of the course you will be able to:
  • understand and apply research ethical theories and principles;
  • understand and apply relevant Code(s) of conduct for research integrity;
  • describe and analyse the role as a researcher and the subject of research using relevant ethical theories and principles.

Entrance requirements

1,5 year full time PhD studies at Chalmers should be completed before participating in this course.


The course will, through lectures, seminars and literature, mediate knowledge about the important theories, principles and documents regarding research ethics. 

Course leader and examiner

Course leader - Petra Andersson, researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Christian Munthe
Catharina Hiort - examinor




Important works in research ethics. Literature depends partly on students’ area of research.


The course is examined by attendance at the seminars and a written exam covering the learning objectives. Grading U, G

Examination in the enrolled courses can be acquired within one year from the start. After the expiration date no missing assignments can be admitted and a participant should re-apply to another course occasion.


Stand-By seat means that the course is fully booked but you may be offered a seat if one becomes available.

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Contact page responsible Published: Mon 28 Oct 2019.