Welcome to Bioethics


Bioethics is a relatively new field emerging from developments within medicine, biology, and biotechnology. Almost daily, media attention is focused on some particular problem, application or breakthrough science that inevitably raises as many problems as it solves.

The objective of the course is to give the PhD students a broader base to discuss and analyse the ethical problems they meet through their scientific work. The focus of the course will be on ethics relevant for people conducting experiments with human subjects or animals.

The course will consist of a series of invited lectures from experts in the field and discussions on essays or case stories outlining ethical issues, or issues related to the PhD student’s own research. The topics covered will include; 1) introduction to ethical theories and principles from a philosophical viewpoint, 2) the ethics of animal experimentation from a philosophical and a practical viewpoint, 3) the ethics of conducting experiments with human from a philosophical and a practical viewpoint. 



Beginning bioethics by Aron Ridley, St. Martin's press Inc. 1998

The animal ethics reader, edited by Susan J Armstrong and Richard G Botzler, Routledge 2003



During the course, we will specifically work towards increasing the PhD student’s ability to identify, reflect on and analyse ethical problems and issues in writing ethical applications for conducting animal or human experiments. Therefore, it is important that PhD students have some experience, and they must have been enrolled at least one year in the doctoral school before participating in the course or have carried out previous human and/or animal experimental studies.



A combination of a written assignment and oral presentation. Time for the evaluation will be allocated during the course.

Organizer: Professor Winnie Jensen, email: wj@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Winnie Jensen, Aalborg University, and invited speakers

ECTS: 1.5

Time: 16- 18 December (8:15 - 16:15) and 19 December (8:15 - 12:00), 2019

Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D, room D2-106 

Zip code:

Aalborg Øst

Number of seats:

25 November, 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.