Syllabus for Research Ethics
A revised version of the syllabus is available.
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 2FK063
- Education cycle: First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Peace and Conflict Studies G1F
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
- G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
- G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
- G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
- GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
- A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
- AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
- Established: 2021-06-03
- Established by: The Department Board
- Applies from: Spring 2022
The course is only open for students enrolled in the Bachelor's programme in Peace and Development Studies or in the Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. Passed grades in the course Peace and Conflict Studies A (for BSocSc programme students) or passed grades in the course Methods I (for MSocSc programme students).
- Responsible department: Department of Peace and Conflict Research
After completion of this course the student is expected to:
- be able to critically assess when research involving human subjects is necessary and warranted
- have acquired knowledge of the basic principles and standards of research ethics in peace and conflict research
- have acquired knowledge of advanced topics in research ethics in peace and conflict research
- be able to identify and assess relevant ethical problems associated with commonly used methodologies in peace and conflict research
- be able to identify and assess strategies to minimise and mitigate ethical problems in peace and conflict research
- have acquired knowledge about the challenges involved in research ethics
- independently solve assignments within allocated time
The course aims to familiarize students with the state of the art with regard to research ethics. This includes basic principles and standards regarding the safety of research participants and the exhortation to do no harm, and their formalization in different institutionalized guidelines. It also includes advanced ethics topics; examples include (but are not restricted to) reflexivity and positionality, researcher related trauma, responsibilities vis-à-vis the research team, data security and other logistics, and research fatigue. The course covers all relevant forms of data collection which involves personal data on human subjects, including fieldwork methodologies (e.g. interviews, focus groups, and participant observation); large-N (e.g. surveys and experimental work involving human participants); and desk studies which involve personal data absent consent (e.g. archival sources, court transcripts, and other reproduced materials).
The course will be carried out through interactive seminars during which the students will present and discuss written submissions.
Examination and grading are based on the students' performance in the following areas: seminar assignments; active participation in seminars; and a final written assignment.
In order to receive the grade Pass (G), the student is required to:
- participate in all mandatory seminars and present a genuine attempt to solve all assignments before each seminar. Should a student fail to hand in a seminar assignment on time and/or be absent from a seminar, he/she will need to complete a replacement assignment in addition to the original assignment.
- receive a grade of Pass on the final written assignment.
In order to receive the grade Pass with distinction (VG), the student is required to:
- participate in all mandatory seminars and present a genuine attempt to solve all assignments before each seminar. Should a student fail to hand in a seminar assignment on time and/or be absent from a seminar, he/she will need to complete a replacement assignment in addition to the original assignment
- receive a Pass with distinction (VG) on the final written assignment.
The grading system has three grades: Pass with distinction (VG); Pass (G); and Fail (U).
One retake opportunity is offered per year the course is offered.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.
Priority in enrolment will be given to students enrolled in the Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies.
- Latest syllabus (applies from Spring 2023)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Spring 2022)
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