General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Research Ethics and Research Integrity
Language English
Module lecturer prof. dr hab. Ewa Nowak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Philosophy
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 22-PIE-RED




Module aim (aims)

Students will be introduced research freedom, research integrity and research excellence in disciplines and contexts relevant to them (e.g., concerning research with human participants incl. vulnerable persons; with animals; on human biological materials; on natural environments; on artifacts; on personal data; in intercultural, colonial and indigenous contexts, etc. –– according to the disciplines and interests represented by Students); Students’ research ethics competence will be improved, e.g., in providing personalized research statement and ethics statement

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Cooperating with the teacher (in terms of mentoring)


Weeks 1–2: What is research freedom – is it absolute? What is my discipline and research area? Pre-disciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, crossdisciplinarity, multi-disciplinarity, post-disciplinarity; specialization and departmentalisation of knowledge and research. Guidelines to prepare a ‘training’ research-project starting by a sound and strong abstract. Authorship and contributorship transparently defined    

Week 3: The history of science in terms of research misconduct (incl. colonialism and cultural appropriation)

Week 4:            Research participants; vulnerable research participants; risk and damage

Week 5: Animals (3–R rule in animal research); natural environment; further vulnerable research objects and contexts

Week 6–7: Best practices for researchers (basics)

Week 8:            Training: Research statement and identification of a researcher’s potential ethical responsibilities

Week 9: Training: A personalized ethics statement         

Week 10: Findable, accessible, interoperable data management – but what is personal/sensitive data? (e.g., genome)    

Week 11: Responsibilities of a Principal Investigator       

Week 12: Applying for the approval (step by step) of a relevant Ethics Board

Week 13: Submission & publication ethics (starting by intellectual property)        

Week 14: Glossary of research ethics

Reading list

Koporc Zvonimir (ed.), Ethics and Integrity in Health and Life Sciences Research, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2018; Iphofen Ron (ed.), Finding Common Ground: Consensus in Research Ethics Across the Social Sciences, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2017; Emmerich Nathan (ed.), Virtue Ethics in the Conduct and Governance of Social Science Research, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2018; Dodd Savannah (ed.), Ethics and Integrity in Visual Research Methods, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2017; Woolfield Kandy (ed.), The Ethics of Online Research, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2017; George Lili, Tauri Julian (ed.), Indigenous Research Ethics: Claiming Research Sovereignty Beyond Deficit and the Colonial Legacy, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2020; Pimple Kenneth (ed.), Research Ethics, Ashgate, 2008; Bersoff Donald N., Ethical Conflicts Psychology, APA, Washington DC 2008; Glosariusz etyki badan naukowych, Komisja Etyczna UAM 2024 (in press); guidelines and links will be updated and provided by the lecturer.   

Available online: (for (for Polish applicants conducting research in Poland and abroad) (for Polish applicants) (for research conducted by Adam Mickiewicz University-associated applicants and researchers in Poland and abroad);

- nationally specified guidelines for interested to find & download individually