Ethical problems involve conflicts of interest. In research ethics such conflicts are usually between, on the one hand, the scientific interest in generating new knowledge, and, on the other hand, different personal and social interests that are affected by the research process or its results. This course gives an overview of ethical conflicts that researchers need to be aware of and be prepared to handle in their work. It introduces some conceptual and theoretical tools from philosophical ethics, for example regarding the valuation of consequences of actions, regarding rights and duties, and ethical comportment. It also gives a short overview of relevant rules and regulations.

Completion of this module is a prerequisite for the following courses.

Spring 2020: Monday 2020-01-27, 13-17h

Teachers: Håkan Salwén and Liane Colonna

Venue: D734


David B. Resnik: The Ethics of Science: An Introduction (Routledge). (Except chapters 5 and 7). The book is available as an electronic resource from the university library. This book will be relevant for later parts of the course as well.