PhD Course in Research Ethics (DUH605)

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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The course presents a broad orientation on central issues in research ethics related to the social sciences and the humanities and offers participants an arena to reflect critically upon integrity and ethics in research. Participants will be introduced to the ethical guidelines established by the Norwegian National Committee for Research Ethics in Social Sciences and Humanities (NESH) and will be acquainted with the relevant procedures for privacy, information security, open science, and data management.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course, the participant will gain knowledge of:

  • Ongoing debates in research ethics related to the social sciences and the humanities and related to the institutional research environment.
  • The guidelines for Research Ethics in The Social Sciences, Law and Humanities.
  • Ethical challenges and central considerations related to the integrity of the research process.


By the end of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • Critically analyze ethical dimensions, regulations, and guidelines within the fields of social sciences and humanities
  • Participate in professional reasoning on responsible research conduct
  • Develop a data-management plan for their project (if relevant)

General competences:

  • Demonstrate competences in ethical sensitivity, reasoning, and decision making in general and related to own research project.

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Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral exam 1/1 Approved/ Not approved

Evaluation will be based on an oral exam (ca 15 minutes) about 2 weeks after the course. The candidate must briefly present ethical issues in their project. This will be followed by an academic discussion with the course teachers. The exam is evaluated pass/fail.

Coursework requirements

Active participation in lectures and seminars

Active participation in lectures and seminars

Attendance at the sessions is obligatory. A student who, for whatever reason, is absent from 25% or more of the sessions will not be admitted to the exam

Course teacher(s)

Study Program Director:

Hein Berdinesen

Course teacher:

Klara Øverland

Course teacher:

Ståle Gundersen

Course coordinator:

Ulrich Dettweiler

Open for

PhD fellows/PhD candidates.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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