Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Ethics for Social Sciences Research

Date: 19 May 2021
Location: Wageningen University

Course description

This training focuses on ethical issues that are encountered specifically in research with human subjects. After identifying ethical principles for social sciences research on the basis of one specific case (brought in by the lecturer), participants will discuss their own research proposals. Interactions and feedback are tailored to the topics that are relevant to the research projects op the participants. Participants are informed about the procedures for receiving ethical approval from the Social Sciences Ethics Committee and adjust their own study protocol (including informed consent sheets) for meeting the ethics requirements prescribed by this committee.

We recommend taking this course in combination with Research Integrity (RI), which focuses on key principles of good science and good scientific conduct, and on (ways of coping with) integrity tensions.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course: 

  • participants are aware of morally salient dimensions of different phases of a research project, and understand the need to come to well-considered judgments.
  • participants are knowledgeable of aspects of their study protocol (including informed consent sheets) that need specific consideration to meet research ethics requirements.
  • participants are capable to reflect on possible moral dilemmas in (their) research and formulate arguments relevant to decision making.

Target groupPhD candidates and postdocs
Intended credits0.5 ECTS
Course feesPhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) and post-docs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the graduate schools of Wageningen (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK):   € 50
All other PhD candidates / postdocs as well as staff of Wageningen University:   € 100
All other participants:   € 200
More informationCourse planning

 Former occurrences of this course

  • 7 December 2020
  • 15 September 2020
  • 24 May 2019
  • 26 November 2018

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