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Silje Gustafsson and Åsa Engström are engaged in a completely new research course. Photo: Karin Sjöberg View original picture , opens in new tab/window

New joint course in research ethics for all doctoral students

Published: 1 April 2019

A new type of course in research ethics starts in the spring at Luleå University of Technology.
- The new is that the focus is on applied research ethics. Our aim has been to create a course that is relevant to all doctoral students, regardless of research topics, says Åsa Engström and Silje Gustafsson.

The course is open to all admitted doctoral students at the university. As far as space is concerned, doctoral students from other universities can also be admitted. The course is given in English and focuses on applied research ethics with relevance to all research topics.

The new in the course is the set-up and a clearer focus on the application of research ethics in their own research projects.

The purpose is to give the doctoral student a deeper ability to make relevant research ethical assessments and assess issues concerning the role of science in society, as well as the researcher's responsibility towards society.

The course is 4.5 credits and is arranged in five different blocks (see fact box). The course's pedagogical approach is based on the model "flipped classroom". This means that scheduled time mainly includes dialogue, discussion and joint reflection in order to develop the doctoral students 'ability to systematically reflect on their own and others' research activities with respect to research ethics, equality, gender equality and sustainability.