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Research Ethics in & beyond the Academy (ARTS90022)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeARTS90022
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Using a case study approach and in-class debates, the subject takes a critical approach to research ethics, and opens up challenging areas of research conduct. Concepts such as an ethics of care, relational ethics and power relations arising within or created by a research project will be examined. The subject will provide an understanding of the principles of research ethics (both human and animal research ethics), the origins of ethical standards, the cultural specificity of these standards, and of contested areas of research ethics. It will highlight the relationship between academic research ethics and standards adopted in industry through professional codes of practice or standards. The subject is intended to be of use both in terms of framing one’s own academic research project and in developing a level of ethical know-how that can inform research practices beyond an academic setting

Intended learning outcomes

A student who completes this subject should have:

  • an understanding of the ethical principles underpinning the regulation of research both in the academy and industry;
  • an ability to reflect upon the ethical implications of their own research and that of others;
  • engaged with leading-edge research on the question of ethics and research practices in the Humanities and Social Sciences today.

Generic skills

The subject will contribute, through teaching and discussion with academic staff and peers, to developing skills and capacities including those identified in the University-defined Graduate Attributes for the PhD, in particular:

  • the capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of specialist knowledge;
  • an advanced ability to engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of research-based and scholarly literature;
  • an advanced understanding of key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary norms and perspectives relevant to the field

Last updated: 22 January 2019