General information

Module title Research Ethics
Language English
Module lecturer prof. dr hab. Ewa Nowak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Philosophy
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 22-PIE-RED


First meeting: 5 May 2022

Thursday 15.00-16.30, room 215, Building 89C, 2nd Floor (Dept. of Philosophy), Campus Ogrody

Module aim (aims)

Students shall be introduced research integrity & research excellence; Students develop a research-related ethical competence and responsibility, e.g., providing a research statement (for students incl. doctoral students) and an ethical statement in all types of research area; applying for an ‘approval’ of an Institutional Board (Ethics Committee)

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

Students shall prepare a training research project (approximately 4 pages/takes ca. 25 h=1 ECTS) according to instructions/guidelines check-listed and available at the 1st meeting; deadline for training research project: 2nd or 3rd meeting. Individual ethical statement edition: January 2021 (takes ca. 25 h=1 ECTS); reading materials takes ca. 25 hours=1 ECTS.


Week 1: What is my area and discipline? Pre-disciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, crossdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, post-disciplinarity; specialization and departementalisation of knowledge and research. Orientation and guidelines to prepare a ‘training’ research-project. Authorship and contributorship transparently defined
Week 2: The history of science as a history of research malpractices (into the most recent, e.g., culture appropriation), related to research methods.
Week 3. Research integrity and research excellence to make the core normative framework of every research project
Week 4: Researcher, research participant/subject, risk, damage, personal/sensitive data protection, etc. (starting glossary of research ethics)
Week 5: Best practices & basic international regulations and policies (European Union & European Commission)
Week 6: National guidelines (comparatively discussed with Students)
Week 7: Research statement for students
Week 8: Training: discussing students’ training research projects to identify topical ethical issues
Week 9: Making ethical statement
Week 10: Findable, accessible, interoperable: data management plan & promoting Open Research Data: a researcher’s novel ethical responsibilities (European Commission Directive 2019)
Week 11: Responsibilities of a research project manager (and their research team)
Week 12: Applying for approval (step by step) of a related Institutional Board
Week 13: Submission & publication ethics (an overview)
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; excerpts and documents selected by the lecturer.

Online available: (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

- guidelines and case studies for research online during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Templates for statements, research protocols, guidelines and instructions will be provided by the lecturer (in English)