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FASS522 The Ethics Approval Process at Lancaster University: How to Write an Application to the University's Ethics Committee


Module description

This is a short hands-on course to help you get ethics approval for your research. The module starts with a brief introduction to some of the ethical issues researchers in social sciences and humanities have to deal with in the process of designing and undertaking their research. The main focus of the module will be to understand the ethics approval process at Lancaster University and to help participants write their ethics applications. Beginning in the first session, we will look at each participant’s study and the ethical issues you will need to cover in your applications. Between the first and the second session, you will draft your application. In the second session, we will work on your applications together and discuss concerns and difficulties that may have arisen when writing the application. The third session is a drop-in session where you can bring your final application and ask for comments and help with it.


Aims and objectives

  • To raise awareness of ethical issues in arts and social research    
  • To help students with the ethics approval process



PLEASE NOTE that this module is only open for students who need to apply for ethics approval and who are committed to writing the application while they take part in the module. If you want to take part in this course you need to bring to the first session a brief outline of your research and some notes on ethical issues your study might involve. You will have to commit yourself to drafting your application in the week between session 1 and session 2 of the module.


Reading list

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




26/04/16 - 10/05/16

Number of sessions:

3 x 2 hour sessions

Timing and Location:

Tuesdays, Weeks 22-24, 10.00-12.00

26 April: George Fox Lecture Theatre 2

3/10 May: Bowland North Seminar Room 10



Additional information

Minimum quota: 6

Maximum quota: 25


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