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FSS - Research Integrity and Responsible Scholarship

FSS Research Integrity and Responsible Scholarship

This course introduces PhD candidates to the Netherlands code of conduct for research integrity and the ethics review policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences at VU Amsterdam. It provides them with the necessary knowledge about standards for research integrity and ethics in social science research. Students apply and reflect on principles and values in research practice in collaboration with colleagues in academia and with societal stakeholders.

Course objectives

Learning about codes of conduct and ethics review at the Faculty of Social Sciences contributes to knowledge and understanding of research design and of norms about working with funders and stakeholders outside university. Plenary discussions and discussions in diverse groups about research ethics and data management contribute to effective teamworking in international and diverse contexts. Completing the ethics review

self-check, the discussions about ethical dilemmas, and the final paper make you reflect on ethics in all phases of the re-search process, and specifically on the social and ethical aspects of big and small data. Writing the paper also develops your writing skills.

prof. dr. Rene Bekkers

prof. dr. Rene Bekkers

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Ivar Vermeulen

Course Description

Course content

This course seeks to contribute to a reflection and discussion on the normative consequences of the abstract ideals of science and an awareness of standards of good conduct and the responsibility of researchers in the social sciences. This course helps to ensure that the privacy safeguards built into the law and regulations at VU and the Faculty of Social Sciences are taking effect in practice of social research. For the social researchers of the future, it is of key importance to be aware of the ethics of data and to uphold the rights of research participants. As the stream of Big Data swells, what are the appropriate procedures to ask for consent with participation in social research? When can research be conducted legitimately in the absence of explicit consent? What are the ethical limits to the use of publicly available data? What rights do people have with respect to their data, according to Dutch law and European regulations? What does it mean to enjoy a work space which is safe and founded on academic integrity?

Form of tuition

In this course, you meet in three different types of settings:

• Interactive meetings (1 hours and 45 minutes including a 15-minute break) to discuss public values, codes of conduct, and ethics review procedures;

• Breakout sessions in 2 groups for the workshop to discuss ethics dilemmas;

• Small group meetings (2 or 3 persons) to discuss peer feedback on draft research questions and Data Management Plans.

Target group

First (or second) year PhD candidates of the FSS. This course is part of the basic programme for first year PhD candidates; participation is regarded as an essential part of the training plan of all FSS PhD candidates (see §2.2). If applicable it is also open to candidates in later years. Also open to non-FSS participants, providing space.

Study Characteristics

  • Discipline: Research Integrity
  • Language: English
  • ECTS: 3
  • Type of education: blended
  • Academic skill: generic
  • Graduate School: Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • Start date: 05.10.2021
  • End date: 15.10.2021
  • Min. number of students: 5
  • Max. number of students: 15
  • Concluding assessment: yes
  • Assessment type: Assessment includes assignments and active participation in Peer Group Learning
  • With certificate: yes
  • Roster/schedule info:

Session 1 Introduction to Faculty Ethics Rules: Tuesday, 5 October 2021, 10.00-13.00, Rene Bekkers

Session 2 Dilemma’s and Ethics in Social Scientific Research: Friday, 8 October 2021, 12.00-15.00, Lorraine Nencel (for qualitative research) and Ivar Vermeulen (for quantitative research) 

Session 3 Integrity at Work: Friday, 15 October 2021, 10.00-13.00, Lorraine Nencel (PhD Trustee)

  • FSS – Research Integrity and Responsible Scholarship

    Course Description

    Course content

    This course seeks to contribute to a reflection and discussion on the normative consequences of the abstract ideals of science and an awareness of standards of good conduct and the responsibility of researchers in the social sciences. This course helps to ensure that the privacy safeguards built into the law and regulations at VU and the Faculty of Social Sciences are taking effect in practice of social research. For the social researchers of the future, it is of key importance to be aware of the ethics of data and to uphold the rights of research participants. As the stream of Big Data swells, what are the appropriate procedures to ask for consent with participation in social research? When can research be conducted legitimately in the absence of explicit consent? What are the ethical limits to the use of publicly available data? What rights do people have with respect to their data, according to Dutch law and European regulations? What does it mean to enjoy a work space which is safe and founded on academic integrity?

    Form of tuition

    In this course, you meet in three different types of settings:

    • Interactive meetings (1 hours and 45 minutes including a 15-minute break) to discuss public values, codes of conduct, and ethics review procedures;

    • Breakout sessions in 2 groups for the workshop to discuss ethics dilemmas;

    • Small group meetings (2 or 3 persons) to discuss peer feedback on draft research questions and Data Management Plans.

    Target group

    First (or second) year PhD candidates of the FSS. This course is part of the basic programme for first year PhD candidates; participation is regarded as an essential part of the training plan of all FSS PhD candidates (see §2.2). If applicable it is also open to candidates in later years. Also open to non-FSS participants, providing space.

    Study Characteristics

    • Discipline: Research Integrity
    • Language: English
    • ECTS: 3
    • Type of education: blended
    • Academic skill: generic
    • Graduate School: Graduate School of Social Sciences
    • Start date: 05.10.2021
    • End date: 15.10.2021
    • Min. number of students: 5
    • Max. number of students: 15
    • Concluding assessment: yes
    • Assessment type: Assessment includes assignments and active participation in Peer Group Learning
    • With certificate: yes
    • Roster/schedule info:

    Session 1 Introduction to Faculty Ethics Rules: Tuesday, 5 October 2021, 10.00-13.00, Rene Bekkers

    Session 2 Dilemma’s and Ethics in Social Scientific Research: Friday, 8 October 2021, 12.00-15.00, Lorraine Nencel (for qualitative research) and Ivar Vermeulen (for quantitative research) 

    Session 3 Integrity at Work: Friday, 15 October 2021, 10.00-13.00, Lorraine Nencel (PhD Trustee)

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