Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Module Information
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GZW2224  - The Moral Compass of Contemporary Health Researchers and Professionals

Period 4: from 5-2-2024 to 9-2-2024
Coordinator: Knibbe, M. / Horstkötter, D.
ECTS credits: 2
Language of instruction: English

Publication dates timetable/results in the Student Portal

Deadline publication timetable
The date on which the timetable of this module is available: 19-1-2024

Deadline publication final result
The date on which the final grade of this module is available: 4-3-2024

Resit booking

Exam booking for a test in current academic year (resit)
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Exam booking for a test from a previous academic year (exam only)
All students who have not passed the test for this module in a previous academic year, will be booked automatically for the test during the regular block period. You will be enrolled in the new course in Canvas but not scheduled for a tutorial group and other educational activities. If you do not wish to participate in this test at the end of the regular block period please de-register via askFHML.

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Course information

Description: EN:

This FiA-week deals with the question: ‘what is a good health scientist?’ As researcher, professional or policymaker, health-scientists work in complex networks in which they face question about integrity, conflicting interests, professional conduct, money, norms for success and quality. As individuals, health scientists need to find a way of relating to these questions. To be a ‘good health scientist’ it is not enough to be skilled and knowledgeable, it is at least as important to have a moral compass and to reflect on this compass. In this FiA-week students reflect on developments in healthcare and research using two normative theoretical perspectives.


Goals: EN:

Knowledge and insight

After this week, the student has insight in:

       ·Philosophical theories that are used for analysis and reflection on norms for a good professional, scientist, policymaker and person.


Application of knowledge and insight

After this week the student is able

       ·To use these theories for an analysis of- and reflection on concrete practices of professionals, scientists, policymakers and one’s own experiences.


Forming opinions

After this week the student is able

       ·To form a judgement about existing practices of health-promotion, science and policy on the basis of these theories, and to support ones position with arguments.



After this week the student is able

       ·To give expression to one’s own moral compass supported by theoretical arguments in writing.


Key words: EN:
moral philosophy, ethics
Literature: This is the link to Keylinks, our online reference list.  
Teaching methods:
  • Assignment(s)
  • Lecture(s)
  • Paper(s)
Assessments methods:
  • Assignment
  • Attendance
  • Final paper

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