Research ethics

Third-cycle level | 7.5 credits | Course code: FOU1805
HT 2020
Study period: 2020-10-01 - 2020-12-02
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in Swedish but can be given in English if necessary
Application period: 2020-04-01 - 2020-05-15

Course description

The aim of the course is to develop knowledge about ethical issues that can and should be raisedin connection with, in particular, educational science research in national as well as internationalcontexts. Issues relating to law and morality in the field of research are the focus of the coursecontent. Ethical theory is introduced as a basis for approaching research ethical problems andchallenges. Laws, regulations and research ethical principles are studied and related toeducationally relevant research areas and with reference to concepts that are central withinresearch ethics. Dimensions of power with regard to the relation between researcher andinformants are highlighted. Questions relating to good research practice are analyzed withregard to research ethical considerations and principles, and ethics testing and the applicationfor ethical examination are considered, taking into account, among other things, the ethicscommittee's regulations. Ethical issues, challenges and dilemmas related to different approaches,designs and methods used within educational science research are exemplified and discussed.Research ethical issues related to, for example, digital contexts, data storage and publication ofresearch and research results are highlighted and discussed in relation to laws and regulations aswell as to concrete examples.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

To qualify for admission to the course, the student has to be registered as a PhD student. In the case where there are more qualified applicants than the number of seats, priority will be given to students at the Faculty of Education.


In thecase where there are more qualified applicants than the number of seats, priority will be given tostudents at the Faculty of Education.

Course syllabus


Reading and reference list

Reading and reference list for the course


Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies

CONTACTOlof Franck