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Research Ethics
Course Description:

This course uses group discussion and case studies to help you explore ethics related to research. It will help you articulate your own ethical framework, understand and appreciate alternate views, and consider a range of ethical issues that may arise during university research.

If you want a course that will provide you with direct help in filling in the relevant forms to obtain ethical approval, then this is probably not the right course for you.

However if you want to be intellectually stimulated, educated to understand different perspectives on ethical research, and to discuss a number of tricky case studies, then this might be what you are looking for.

We will explore a variety of ethical frameworks, examine classic morality problems (e.g. trolley) as well as 21st century parallels (e.g. autonomous cars), and also consider a range of university research specific case studies and examples.

Participant feedback:

"Great mix of theory and discussion. It was made particularly interesting as a result of the culturally diverse audience, with individuals holding a wide range of ethical standpoints that were excellently challenged by the speaker. Very well designed and delivered."

This session will cover:

  • Origins of ethical frameworks
  • Trolley-buses and autonomous cars
  • University research ethics case studies
  • What is/is not acceptable to research
  • Legal and international perspectives
  • Ethical concerns with your research

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Articulate clearly your ethical perspectives relevant to your work
  • Understand and appreciate a variety of alternate views
  • Apply cogent ethical thinking to issues that may arise during your University research
Intended Audience:
Research Staff and PhD students
Target Audience: UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only
04/02/2022 - 04/02/2022  (Enrol between 02/12/2021 and 01/02/2022) Enrol

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