FASS625 Ethics in Arts & Social Science Research - a self-learning resource

Module description

This self-learning resource is designed to introduce PhD students to some of the key ethical issues that researchers experience and deal with in the process of designing and undertaking their studies.  The resource is primarily addressed to students who are studying away from Lancaster and/or who are enrolled part-time and who therefore cannot attend FASS522.

The resource also explains the procedures to gain ethical approval for PhD research at Lancaster University and provides guidance with the application. It includes an example of an ethics application, including an information sheet and consent form.

This is a self-learning resource, so what you find on the Moodle site are materials for you to use for self-study. These include three recorded presentations by the Chair of the FASS LUMS Research Ethics Committee on key aspects of ethics in relation to research and on the ethics application procedure in FASS and LUMS. The resource includes examples of information sheets and consent forms and an introduction to the process of gaining ethics approval required by Lancaster University.

Aims and objectives

  • To introduce students to key ethical issues in relation to research in the arts and social sciences
  • To offer students an opportunity to learn from a 'real' example: an ethics application form from a recent research project
  • To provide information and guidance on the ethics approval process in the Faculty

Introductory readings

Flynn, Reinicke, L. and Goldsmith, Ronal E. 2012. Case Studies for Ethics in Academic Research in the Social Sciences. Los Angeles: Sage

Miller, T., Birch, M., Mauthner, M. and Jesop, J. 2012. Ethics in qualitative research. Los Angeles: Sage.

Timing and Location


all year


10/10/16 - 30/06/17

Number of sessions:


Timing and Location:

online distance learning - available throughout the academic year