Human and Animal Research Ethics (BETH5202)


This professional development short course introduces students to research ethics in its social context. It explores the philosophical underpinnings of the research endeavour including the justifications for engaging in research, research priorities and research integrity. The course also reviews the history of research and the impact of research abuse on subjects, both human and animal. International and national guidelines for ethical human and animal research with be covered and participants are encouraged to develop practical skills in relation to their own research. The second part of the unit investigates current areas of controversy and public interest in research. Learning activities will include lectures and online activities.

Course Aims

Effective involvement in this Professional Development course will enable students to:

  • Outline the main ethical problems and associated arguments that arise in relation to human and animal research
  • Develop skills to engage in debate on issues involving human and animal research
  • Critically appraise research projects, methodologies, and the global research endeavour;
  • Understand what makes good research and a good researcher.

Instructional Format

4 x 8hr intensives or distance learning; both accompanied by weekly discussions and tasks.

The intensive workshops (which will also be made available online) will review the central ethical concepts and issues involved in human and animal research.

Professional development short course students will not be required to submit any assessment for this course, although they are encouraged to participate in online discussions.


If you elect to attend the intensives (as opposed to undertaking the short course solely online), the teaching dates are:

Semester 2: Friday 1 August, Saturday 2 August, Friday 19 September, Saturday 20 September 2014.

Lectures will also be recorded and will be made available on the course’s eLearning website.


New Law School Annexe Building (F10A), Seminar Room 107
The University of Sydney,

Application Deadline

30th July
(late applications may be accepted)

Course Fee

$1,100 (including GST)

Discounts are available for a group of participants from the same institution or organisation, as follows:

  • 3-4 participants: 10% discount

The University's tuition fees are reviewed annually and may be varied during the period of study. The exact tuition fee may depend on the specific units of study in which you apply.

Application Form

Applicants wanting to undertake the Human and Animal Research Ethics short course need to complete the application form and tax invoice (PDF).

If you would like to apply for a group, please complete the group application form and tax invoice (PDF).

If you are a University of Sydney staff member and would like to apply please contact the Office for Teaching and Learning regarding a journal transfer after you have submitted your application form.

Please either fax or post the application form with payment to:

Office for Teaching and Learning
Room 329, Level 3
Edward Ford Building (A27)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: +61 2 9351 4366

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