Research ethics 4,5 credits FOR023F

Published: 21 December 2016

Spring 2020


Course name: Research Ethics 

ECTS/HP: 4,5 

Course code: FOR023F 

Education cycle: Third-cycle (docoral level) 

Syllabus established: Gunilla Isaksson

Examiner: Åsa Engström

Course Leader: Silje Gustafsson

Entry requirements: Admitted as doctoral student at Luleå University of Technology. Doctoral students from other universities can apply and will be admitted depending on availability.

Course aims: On completion of the course, the PhD candidate should be able to:

  • Show independence and scientific honesty in one’s own research work, as well as reflect on one’s own values and how these affect the approach to research
  • Show the ability to make relevant research ethical assessments in relation to one's own and others' research work, based on ethical principles for research, guidelines and relevant laws and regulations
  • Demonstrate the ability to systematically reflect on one's own and others' research activities with respect to research ethics, equality, gender and sustainability
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess questions about the role of science in society and on the researcher's responsibility towards society based on research ethical and scientific norms

Course content: 

  • The philosophical foundations of research ethics
  • Principles of research ethics, guidelines, codes and declarations
  • Ethics and legislation
  • Research ethical reasoning on the impact of research on people, societies and the resources of the earth
  • Gender, intersectionality and equality in research and academia
  • Scientific conduct

Realization: Literature studies, lectures, seminars and the writing of reflective reports after the seminars have been completed.

Examination format: The course is examined through active participation in seminars, writing of reports after seminars and the writing of a report.

Grading scale: Pass/Fail


ALLEA (2011). The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. Retrieved from:

Lag (2003:460) om etikprövning som avser människor.

Mustajoki, H. & Mustajoki, A. (2017). A New Approach to Research Ethics. Using Guided Dialoge to Strengthen Research Communities. London: Routledge

National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. (1978). The Belmont report: Ethical principles and guidelines for the protection of human subjects of research. [Bethesda, Md.]: The Commission.

Vetenskapsrådet (2017). Good Research Practice. [Elektronic] Stockholm:Vetenskapsrådet.

Retrieved from:

World Medical Association. World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki: Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects. JAMA. 2013;310(20):2191–2194. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281053

Additional teaching material of about 100 pages in accordance with the teacher's instructions.

Deadline for registration for the course: 20/12, 09.00 AM

Send your registration to:

Course period: Study period 3, 2020.

Contact person:  Silje Gustafsson