Course description

Research Ethics


This course is a one-day workshop intended to educate students about the principles of research ethics in the social sciences and issues related to research ethics. The course aims at making doctoral students conscientious about ethics and ethical principles in the social sciences, and preventing fraudulent behavior in research.

Course content

The course will focus on case studies of ethical problems and introducing the participants to tools that can reduce the problems. One important case study we will focus on, is Reinhart and Rogoffs controversial study of the effect of debt on economic growth. 
The tools will include an introduction to software and web based solutions that make it easier to create reproducible research. This includes a brief introduction to Jupyter notebooks which can be used with Python,R and many other data analysis frameworks.

Learning outcome knowledge

To raise awareness about good ethical practices in connection with: 
1. Data collection, data management, sharing, and ownership.
2. Management of sensitive data. 
3. Proper referencing of others' research. 
4. Publication of research. 
5. Digitalization and (international) collaboration in research. 
6. Researchers in expert roles. 
7. Supervisor and mentor relationships.

Exam organisation

  • Class participation: 100%