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Autumn 2020: This course will be digital autumn 2020, both lectures and examination. Digital lectures will be held through Zoom. Zoom is the UiO recommended option for online lectures. Log in to Zoom with your UiO username and password. Meeting-ID will be announced in Canvas.

The course focuses on the responsibility of individuals to apply an ethical approach in their own research project. 

Ethical norms and values are integral to all sciences rather than being imposed on research by external bodies. Ethical reflection characterizes scientific work, from the initial tenuous start of the research process to the final publication and dissemination to the public. This is not only out of consideration for the research subjects but also in regard to colleagues, the general public and society at large.

This course cuts across all disciplines at the Faculty of Social Science. There will be emphasis on comparison and we invite candidates to actively interact with colleagues across disciplines showing how different intellectual traditions and research methods have dealt with questions regarding ethics. Lectures, short exercises and active problem solving in groups will invite critical reflection on research ethics within disciplines and towards other disciplines. 

Learning outcome


Candidates will:

  • have knowledge about general ethical problems in research.
  • have knowledge about rules and regulations in social sciences research.
  • be familiar with the rules that apply to their research practice and that of related disciplines.


Candidates will be able to:

  • mobilize a sense of responsibility when faced with ethical problems relevant to research.
  • identify and handle ethics dilemmas relevant to their practice.



  • have attained a level of reflection that will guide them in their research career.


The course is compulsory for all candidates on the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

PhD candidates must each semester register for classes and examinations through Studentweb.

The deadline for registering is February 1st for courses in the spring semester and September 1st for courses in the autumn semester.

This course is only available for candidates admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo.

Overlapping courses


Lectures, seminars and group presentations

Compulsory activities


  • 80% attendance.
  • Active participation.
  • The attendance and examination must be completed in the same semester.


  • The participants are expected to be familiar with the curriculum in advance.

Mandatory assignment one week before the course starts

  • Prepare two or three questions relevant to your research project. We start the course with each candidate giving a 3 minute presentation of their questions. These could be directly related to your own project, or critical reflections concerning the course material.
  • The questions must be uploaded in Canvas at latest one week before the course starts. 
  • If you do not upload the questions within the deadline your course registration will be cancelled. 


Group presentation

The group presentations:

You must pass the compulsory activities in order to take the exam.

Language of examination

The language of examination is English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

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