SO220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.

for S1B 2009

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SO 220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.


S1B 2009 BL


Molina, Carmen


Adjunct Faculty Member


BS Social Psychology
MA Counseling
PhDc Clinical Psychology

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Semester Dates

5 January 2009 - 1 March 2009

Class Days


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5:00 - 10:00 PM


An introductory social science class (i.e., SO141, PS101, CJ100, or SW205).

Credit Hours




Israel & Hay  Research Ethics for Social Scientists, (2006). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.  ISBN-13:  9781412903905

Paul & Elder The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, 2004, Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.  ISBN:  0944583105

Paul & Elder The Miniature Guide to Analytic Thinking, 2003, Dillion Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.  ISBN: 0944583199

Paul & Elder The Miniature Guide to Taking Charge of the Human Mind, 2002, The Miniature Guide to Taking Charge of the Human Mind, Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.  ISBN:  0944583148

Paul & Elder The Miniature Guide to Scientific Thinking, 2003, Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.  ISBN:  0944583180

Paul & Elder The Thinker's Guide to Ethical Reasoning, 2003, Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.  ISBN:  0944583172

Paul & Elder The Thinker's Guide to Critical & Creative Thinking, 2004, Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking, Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.  ISBN:  0944583261

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Course Description:
SO 220 Ethical Issues in Social Sciences: Considers the moral and ethical consequences of conducting social science research. Disseminating the results, and implementing practices and policies based on those findings. Critically examines those questions and choices rising at each stage of the research process, and the results of those choices on relevant parties. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: and introductory social science course (i.e., SO 141, PS101)

Educational Philosophy:

My philosophy begins with the connection between student and teacher. The rapport that is developed between student and teacher facilitates the learning experience for both involved. This learning experience stays with us throughout our lives, thus making this a very important aspect in our career and in our professionalism. I believe in embracing change and in the promoting social change. Also, I believe that a true scholar is dedicated to the change within the communities we live and work in. Teaching is vital to this commitment to change for it leads students into enlightenment of not only self, but of those around us in our community. Teaching is a commitment to truth, to society and the stability of our future. A learning environment provides opportunities to voice opinions, to share ideas, and to agree or disagree. A learning environment should also maintain professionalism, ethic and a scholarly vision/goal. My commitment to my students is to uphold all aspects of my educational philosophy; therefore, creating a learning experience that will serve as a stepping stone towards positive social change.

Class Assessment:

Core Assessment:


Research paper is due by the end of Week 7. This research paper is to be written in full APA format (to include abstract, figures/tables and references) and should be no less than 10 pages in total (including cover, abstract and references). There should be a minimum of five references. Students will choose a highly publicized person (or an organization) who exploited a particular population and faced consequences for his/her unethical conduct. Research papers are to address the following questions:

  1. What ethical principals were violated? Give specific examples.
  2. In what way was a population exploited due to the violated ethic principles?
  3. Was damage control attempted? If so, what strategies were attempted?
  4. How could this incident been avoided? 

Students are expected to submit a well written document using proper APA style. This document is to clearly make a connection to ethical standards; it is to display extensive insight to ethical conduct and knowledge of successful strategies. Students should not submit a document that only reiterates what was covered by the media. Students are to strive towards not only reporting the incident, but also dissecting the situation and adding personal opinion, ideas of strategies that should have been attempted, and how it could have been avoided. Use class discussion and your text book as a guide in identifying all of the requirements above. Document is to be submitted through the online classroom no later than the end of Week 7. 


Class Assessment:

Points        Assignment

150            Core Assessment

150            Final Exam (essay)

100            Complete Investigator Education Program

50              My Biases

50              Ethics in special populations

50              Reflection essay (Investigator Education Program)

50              Research topic summary

50              Bibliography

50              Outline

200            Participation (25 x 8)

900            Total Points Possible

Weekly Writing Assignments:

*All of the following assignments are to be submitted using online classroom (use appropriate baskets) by Wednesday of each week with the exception of Week 1.  

Week 1: My Biases (will be done during class time and submitted at the end of class) 
Week 2: Ethics in special populations (mental health, mental retardation, elderly etc.)

Week 3: Reflection on Investigator Education Program

Week 4: Research Topic Summary (to include details and approach)

Week 5: Bibliography (five references APA style and a brief synopsis of article)

Week 6: Full outline of research paper (to include first paragraph of each numeral)


 Point Range
 Letter Grade
 >= 800
 800 - 899
 700 - 799
 600 -699
 < 600

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late submission of assignments will result is grading penalties (5 points for each day late).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


The classroom will uphold and encourage academic freedom at all times. Students are expected to respect the views and opinions of everyone in the classroom. The classroom is to be free of interruptions to ensure a productive learning environment. The following rules of conduct will be observed.

Ø      Cell phones, pagers will be set to silent mode. Telephone conversations will not be tolerated in the classroom during instruction. 

Ø      Debate is encouraged with special consideration to respect and academic freedom.

Ø      There will be a total of two breaks, please keep other interruptions to a minimum.

Ø      Students are expected to arrive on time and to refrain from leaving early (class will meet for the entire time assigned). Leaving early will affect your attendance.

Additional Information:


Weekly writing assignments are due on Wednesday of every week (weeks 2- 6). Please submit your assignment in the correct basket using the online classroom. 

The research paper will be submitted in the same manner at the end of Week 7.

All work must be written APA style. Please see me if you need further assistanace with APA. 

Please log-in to your online classroom a minimum of three times per week. Updates, assignments, grades and additional information/resources will be available online.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Why Care About Ethics?  Chapter 1  My Biases /Class Discussion



 Ethical Approaches   Chapter 2  Ethics in special populations/Class Discussion



 Codes and Principles Chapter 3  Relection Essay/Class Discussion



 Regulating Ethics  Chapter 4 Research Topic Summary/Class Discussion



 Informed Concent
 Chapter 5  Bibliography



 Confidentiality Chapter 6  Research Paper Outline



 Avoiding Harmand Going Good

Relationships, Intergrity and Ethics of Care

 Chapters 7&8  No Assignment



 Between Ethical Conduct and Regulatory Compliance  Chapter 9
  Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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