VET400 Introduction to ethical and philosophical perspectives in biomedical research

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Andrew Michael Janczak

Teaching language:Engelsk

Course frequency:Spring

Nominal workload:150 hours

Teaching and exam period:

Spring week 9-10 (Syllabus is read and work with the essay starts week 5-8). Week 9 is filled with organized teaching activities. Week 10 is used for writing but participants must be able to meet physically if necessary.

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

About this course

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
  • The course is a mix of preparatory reading, lectures, discussions, written reports/essays, and student presentations.
  • The course is for PhD and veterinary research program students that have ongoing research projects.
  • The discussions and report writing exercises presuppose familiarity with the syllabus. Participants must participate in discussions, give presentations, and deliver a written reflection paper/essay. The aim is that participants express their thoughts and reflections they have in connection with 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 discussions, presentations, reading test and report. The course organizer may drop some of these activities and prioritize others. Details will be provided while the course is running.

  • 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.
  • Contacts:

    For academic purposes: Professor Andrew M. Janczak

    For administrative purposes:

    Deadline for registration: February 1st

  • Spring week 9-10 75 hours

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

  • 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.