Course code VET400

VET400 Introduction to ethical and philosophical perspectives in biomedical research

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Course responsible: Andrew Michael Janczak
Teachers: Pernille Adine Nordby, Lars Moe, Marit Jørgensen Bakke, Kristin Olstad, Janicke Nordgreen, Toril Lindbäck, Karianne Muri, Espen Rimstad, Bjørn Høyheim, Preben Boysen, Eystein Skjerve
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:

Spring week 9-10 (Syllabus is read and work with the essay starts week 5-8)

Fall week 42-43 (Syllabus is read and work with the essay starts week 38-41)


Additional information about the course, including the schedule for organised learning activities will be available after signing up for the course through StudentWeb.  

Course frequency: Spring, fall
First time: Study year 2012-2013
Course contents:
The course gives an introduction to ethical and philosophical perspectives in biomedical research.The course emphasises the basics of ethics in biomedical science, philosophy of science, animal experimentation and ethics, scientific integrity and research ethics, and the vancouver declaration.
Learning outcome:

Through the course the students are expected to attain the following skills / knowledge: 

  • Be familiar with the basics of philosophy of science and research ethics
  • Be able to present, justify and discuss selected personal views regarding research philosophy and research ethics
Learning activities:
The course is a mix of preparatory reading, lectures, discussions, written reports/essays, and student presentations.
The following books must be purchased and read before the course starts:National  Academy of Sciences et al. 2009. On Being a Scientist: A guide to Responsible Conduct in Research. third edition, ISBN: 978-0-309-11970-2 63 pages Godfrey-Smith P 2003.  Theory and Reality: An introduction to the philosophy of Science. The University of Chicago Press ISBN: 9780226300634 288 sider. 
The course is for PhD. and veterinary research program students that have ongoing research projects.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Preparatory reading of the syllabus and participation in course activities is compulsory, including suggestions for improving the course. An attendance record of at least 75% is required. 
The discussions and report writing exercises presuppose familiarity with the syllabus. The course therefore starts with a simple test in which participants must demonstrate a familiarity with the syllabus one can expect after reading the books once. Participants must deliver a written reflection paper/essay. The aim of this essay is that participants express their thoughts and reflections they have in their work with the subject, conversations with others, with the coursework (preparatory reading and organised learning activities) and supervision. Participants start this work during the preparatory reading by identifying philosophical and ethical questions and dilemmas of special interest to them personally. Course credit is awarded based on an inclusive qualitative evaluation of the reading test and report.    
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Open to PhD students at campus Adamstuen. Admission through StudentWeb. If you belong to NMBU and wish to participate in this course, please contact the administrative contact person.
Type of course:

Spring week 9-10 75 hours

(Syllabus is read and work with the essay starts week 5-8)

Fall week 42-43 75 hours

(Syllabus is read and work with the essay starts week 38-41)



For academic purposes: Professor Andrew M. Janczak

For administrative purposes: PhD advisor Pernille Adine Nordby or PhD advisor Marianne Tandberg

Deadline for registration: uke 3

Deadline for registration: uke 36

Examination details: Introduction to biomedical research: Bestått / Ikke bestått