Research Ethics for Science and Technology, 2 credit (Autumn semester)

Stefan Eriksson
Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences
BMC, Husargatan 3
Box 564, 751 22 Uppsala
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Premises at BMC (details will be published later)
20hrs during 5 weeks

Registered for graduate studies on Science and Technology Faculty, Uppsala University

Selection procedure

If there are more applicants than places on the course, the selection is made on the date of application. Exceptions to this selection is given to applicants who needs to complete the course this semester in order to complete their degree (licentiate or doctor). These applicants will be given priority.

Note the importance of claiming priority and to specify the planned date for the exam in your application! All students with less than one year to the licentiate seminar have to type in the licentiate date instead of dissertation date in the application.


  • Week 38 (Friday)-42
    Tuesdays at 10-12 and Fridays at 10-12
  • The course will give the students a general knowledge about both ethical problems in research and different views on what constitutes ethics and science respectively. The course also aims at improving the student’s capacity to reflect on his or her own preconceptions and values in regard to research ethical problems and the student’s ability to mobilise a sense of responsibility when faced with research ethical problems. After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

    • Identify and characterize research ethical problems and solutions
    • Identify interests and concerns relevant to involved parties
    • Apply those skills to their own research
    • Write a report on a research ethical dilemma

    The course consists of lectures, seminars, and group work. Active participation in seminars is expected

    Some of the topics studied during the course are:

    • Ethical theories and norms
    • Critical discussion of guidelines and laws that regulate research
    • Fraud and misconduct in science
    • The ethics and value of technology and scientific progress
    • Dual use and responsibilities of researchers
    • Professional ethics
    • Intellectual ownership
    • Authorship and scientific writing issues
    • The scientist in society

    The examination consists of a group presentation and the writing of an individual report

    Swedish Research Council. Good Research Practice. Stockholm, Swedish Research Council 2011. Download (or order) from the Swedish Research Council ( or download from CODEX (


    Stefan Eriksson
    Associate Professor Research Ethics
    Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences

    Renée Sundbom
    Course Administrator
    Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences
    018-471 66 64

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