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PhD Course in Research Ethics (DUH205)

Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

Course code




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Exam semester

Spring, Autumn

Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


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).

Every second year the course will be taught in English

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 analyse ethical dimensions, regulations and guidelines within the fields of social sciences and humanities
  • Participate in professional reasoning on responsible research conduct

General competences:

  • Demonstrate competences in ethical sensitivity, reasoning, and decision making in general and related to own research project
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Individual paper 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation will be based on an individual paper (4000 words (+/- 10%). The paper may be written in English or in a Scandinavian language. The paper is evaluated pass/fail.

Coursework requirements
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 permitted to submit the paper.
Course teacher(s)
Course teacher: Elin Stangeland
Course teacher: Linda Johnsen
Course teacher: Geir Skeie
Course teacher: Klara Øverland
Course coordinator: Ulrich Dettweiler
Course teacher: Ståle Gundersen
Method of work
Lectures and seminars. A detailed timetable will be available to course participants at the beginning of the semester.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
PhD Course in Research Ethics (DLV205_1) 5
Open for
PhD fellows/PhD candidates.
Course assessment
An evaluation form in accordance with the expectations in the UiS quality system will be made available to the candidates after the completion of the course. The course participants are encouraged to contribute to the course evaluation.
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