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Course module: 202000369
Professional Ethics for Psychologists
Course info
Course module202000369
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. Y. Saghai
Contactperson for the course
dr. Y. Saghai
dr. Y. Saghai
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
At the end of this study unit students will:
  • understand the rights, duties and responsibilities of a professional psychologist
  • understand and be able to apply the central codes of ethics of psychologists (the Code of the Dutch Association of Psychologists (“NIP code”) and the Code of Ethics for Research in the Social and Behavioural Sciences involving Human Participants)
  • be able to reflect on their own professionalism, and to anticipate and prepare for ethically problematic cases, using ethical theories and Codes of Ethics

The Ethics study unit will introduce students to ethical issues and challenges in psychology as a profession. The five lectures will cover questions such as: What do professional Codes of Ethics say about the rights, duties, and responsibilities of psychologists? What are some of the ethical controversies that have occupied psychologists, in the past and today? How can you prepare to deliberate over ethical issues and dilemmas that may arise in the course of your future career as a psychologist, using ethical theories and professional codes? Four tutorials will train students use an ethical case study method to deliberate and make decisions in real-life situations. Ethical cases will be examined in clinical psychology, research, and the testing and implementation of psychological interventions and result in a short group case study project.

Module description
This study unit is part of the module History, Ethics and Philosophy of Psychology (202000368). A module is offered as one educational unity and students take it as such.
Assumed previous knowledge
Mandatory: the EC’s of the first year’s modules (B1) have been obtained
Recommended: second year of the bachelor Psychology
Module 11
Participating study
Bachelor Psychology
Required materials
Blackburn, S. (2002). Being good: A short introduction to ethics. Oxford University Press. 2nd edition (e-book available in library)
Course material
Other study materials (such as Code of Ethics for Psychologists) available on Canvas.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes

Presence dutyYes

Group Project (Case Study Paper)

Group Assignments

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