Ethical Thinking and Decision-Making in Practice


One day, London. Price for SRA members: £195

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Ethics is a complex, challenging subject with no right answers. Formal ethical approval helps in some ways, but not all research is subject to ethical review. Also, researchers continually meet ethical dilemmas in the course of their work, many of which cannot be foreseen or managed by formal ethical approval. It is essential that researchers are skilled in ethical thinking and ethical decision-making, and that they use these skills at every stage of the research process.

This course will help you to develop your skills in ethical thinking and ethical decision-making. It will equip you with tools and resources to prepare you to handle the myriad dilemmas you will encounter in your research practice.

The course is suitable for both inexperienced and experienced researchers who want to improve their skills in ethical thinking and decision-making. We will cover:

  • ● A brief overview of ethical and decision theories
  • ● Discussion of ethical aspects of research at all stages of the research process, from the first generation of ideas to the last piece of dissemination – and beyond
  • ● A detailed case study of real-world research in practice: what is ethical, questionable, and unethical
  • ● Exploration of ethical thinking and decision-making from different moral standpoints, and the difference they make
  • ● Any current ethical dilemmas you face, or past dilemmas you have faced, where you would like the group's input

Dr Helen Kara has been an independent researcher since 1999. She is the author of several articles and two books on research methods, most recently Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide which has a strong emphasis on research ethics. She has been ethics lead on the Board of the SRA since 2012, and has assisted the Academy of Social Sciences' initiative on research ethics Helen is Visiting Fellow at the National Centre for Research Methods.

mrs cpd logo This course contributes 6 hours to the MRS CPD programme

Price for SRA members: £195.  Use the discount code emailed to you.

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Registration on the day is from 9.00 - 9.30 am

Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled 21 days or more from the course date.  No refund if cancelled 20 days or fewer from the course date.

Registrations for this course will not be accepted after 28 June 2016 at 6.00pm.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

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