3 ECTS credits
90 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4024096FNR for all students in the 1st and 2nd semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

1st and 2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Educational team
Yana Jaspers (course titular)
Djiwo Weenas
Activities and contact hours
8 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

This course (seminar form) focuses on issues of scientific integrity and ethical questions when doing criminological research. This seminar is conceived in a very practical way, taking the students own research practice (master thesis) as a starting point. Besides the more administrative procedure (promoter, choice of topic, planning, …) this seminar as based on very practical issues concerning scientific integrity and ethical dimensions of doing criminological research: use of sources and plagiarism; access to criminological empirical sources; practices of research including participants (informed consent); impact of scientific intervention for participants (harm & discomfort); scientific analysis, presentation and reporting of research results. Three seminar sessions are planned for analysing and discussing these topics based on practical cases and applied to the students’ own research design and set up (master thesis).

Additional info

For this course the student can only enroll when he or she can enroll for the master thesis.

Learning Outcomes

General Competencies

  • This course contributes to the (further) development of students’ scientific and methodological skills and attitude, focussing on the specifics of integrity and ethical dimension of doing research.
  • Students learn how to consider, integrate and solve ethical issues that emerge when setting up criminological research, in their own research design and practice (master thesis).
  • Students acquire the ethical scientific skills when including participants in their research.
  • Students can set up research being integer scientists.
  • Students acquire an ethical scientific reflexive attitude.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
SELF Paper determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the SELF Paper category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Individual Paper with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

The evaluation of this course is based on a written work. Students deliver a paper that focuses on a scientific integrity or ethical topic that is related to their own research practice related to (and relevant for) the master thesis.

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Criminology: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)