This module aims to provide an introduction to the foundations of clinical research ethics. The first half of the course introduces students to fundamental concepts and key frameworks used in research ethics. The second half of the course puts these concepts and frameworks to work by discussing current topics in clinical research ethics, such as genetic research and biobanking or international research. The closing session invites students to reflect on the extent to which clinical research ethics is “exceptional”, compared to how we reason about ethics in other areas of life, as some commentators have claimed.
On successful completion of the module, students will:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of fundamental concepts and key frameworks in clinical research ethics;
- Be familiar with, and able to critically appraise, current topics in clinical research ethics; and
- Be able to act as independent and critical learners who manage their own requirements for continuing academic and professional development.
To be confirmed
Lectures (taught intensively over 5 full days)
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