University of Leicester Free Online Course on Research Ethics in Society

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The University of Leicester is offering free online course on People Studying People: Research Ethics in Society. This course is designed for current or aspiring researchers in Social Science, Arts or the Humanities.

In this six-week course, applicants will explore the value of ethical thinking for research, using an ethical appraisal framework to develop and evaluate studies. This course will start on September 18, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2 hours/week
Subject: Research Ethics in Society
Institution: University of Leicester and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on September 18, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Leicester is a leading research led university with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching.

It was named University of the Year of 2008 by the Times Higher Education when the judges described Leicester as “elite without being elitist.” Leicester is consistently ranked amongst the top 20 universities in the United Kingdom.

About This Course

If we consider data collection and its reporting to make up research, then we will all have been exposed to being participants in some form of social research. Data collection from people in society is now part of everyday life.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect on the value of thinking ethically about social science research
  • Apply consequential principles of ethical thinking to identifying a research focus
  • Identify the range of responsibilities of a social science researcher
  • Explore approaches to developing respectful research relationships
  • Apply deontological principles of ethical thinking to meeting researcher obligations
  • Develop informed decisions about what constitutes ethical social science research


This course is designed for current or aspiring researchers in Social Science, Arts or the Humanities. You may have a research project in mind or one that is underway. It would also suit those with broader interests in evaluating research involving human participants, including those as potential participants.


Jim Askham

Jim Askham is a lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Leicester. I have participated in a range of research projects in TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

Alison Fox

Alison is an educational researcher who studies student and teacher learning. Her interest in research ethics developed through her support of teacher researchers based in schools and in Universities.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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