Human and Animal Research Ethics (BETH5202)


This unit of study introduces students to research ethics in its wider social context. It explores the ethical underpinnings of the research endeavour including the justifications for engaging in research, key concepts in research ethics and research integrity. The unit also reviews the history of research and the impact of research abuse on participants, both human and animal. International and national guidelines for ethical human and animal research will be covered and participants are encouraged to develop practical skills in relation to their own research.

Further unit of study information


4x8hr intensive or Distance Education (online). Attendance is compulsory if enrolled in face-to-face mode.


Continuous assessment (short weekly tasks) (10%); `Best 3¿ short weekly tasks (10%); 1x1500wd briefing paper (30%); 1x2500wd essay (50%)


All readings are made available via elearning.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Prohibition: BETH5208

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.