General information

Course type AMUPIE
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: 2nd March 2023

Thursday godz. 18.15, room 215, Building 89C, 2nd floor

Campus Ogrody/Szamarzewskiego

Streetcar connections: 18, 17, 7, 2 (last stop 'Petla Ogrody')

Module aim (aims)

Students shall be introduced research integrity & research excellence; Students develop own training research statemenyt and ethical statement; they train their research excellence and their competence to conduct responsible research by providing a research statement (for students and doctoral students) and an ethical statement in research areas related to their interests; they learn when and how to apply for an ‘approval’ of an Ethics Committee/Board; they learn basics in ethical and legal regulations of research activity. 

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

Communicative English; Participants will self-develop a training research project with the focus on the ethical statement (approximately 4 pages; it takes ca. 25 h=1 ECTS) according to the teacher's instructions. Final assessment/grace is based on 1) attendance, 2) self-developed research project with ethical statement. 


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 


Week 3: Interactive training (all Students shall participate) 
Week 4. Research integrity and responsible research conduct: normative frameworks 
Week 5: Research with human subjects (including vulnerable groups) 


Week 5: Research on animals and environment, and another sensitive issues 
Week 6: Best practices & basic regulations (European Union & European Commission
Week 7: Research statement (and instruction to guide Students' practice) 


Week 8: Ethical statement (and instruction to guide Students' practice). Student submit their training projects 
Week 9: Training: first revision of Students’ training research projects to identify topical ethical issues. Students can improve and resubmit their training projects 
Week 10: Findable, accessible, interoperable: data management plan & promoting Open Research Data: a researcher’s new ethical responsibilities (European Commission Directive 2019)
Week 11: Responsibilities of a research project manager 
Week 12: Applying for approval (step by step) of an Ethical (or Bioethical) Board
Week 13: Submission & publication ethics (COPE)
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; COPE Guidelines; FP7 Guidelines for Researchers; NCN Guidlines

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)