SO 220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.
F2T 2009 DL
Senior Adjunct Faculty
BBA Computer Information SystemsMS Professional CounselingCISM/ ASIST
19 October - 13 December 2009
An introductory social science class (i.e., SO141, PS101, CJ100, or SW205).
ALL REQUIRED (the final four are tiny pocket guides at $4-6 each)
Israel, M. (2006). Research Ethics for Social Scientists. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Elder, L. (2007). Thinker's guide to analytic thinking (rev.). Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.
Paul, R. (2008). Miniature guide to critical thinking: Concepts and tools (rev.). Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.
Paul, R. & Elder, L. (2006). Miniature guide to scientific thinking. Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.
Paul, R. & Elder, L. (2006). Thinker's guide to understanding the foundations of ethical reasoning (2nd ed.). Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
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Class Assessment: Core Assessment:
Essay: (max. 2500 words, plus tables and figures) Students will be provided with two extended case studies and will write an essay comparing and critically evaluating their ethical challenges and the strategies used to minimize or guard against harmful results. The essay must address the following issues:
1. What ethical principles are at issue in each case? Provide and justify specific examples.
2. What strategies were used to insure the standards of ethical research?
3. Were those strategies successful? How and why?
4. What alternate strategies might also have been used to achieve the same or better results?
5. Which case study represents a better implementation of research ethics? How and why?
Your essay will consist of a careful, point-by-point contrast of the two cases. It should link the cases to commonly held standards of research ethics and discuss the extent to which those were followed. You should discuss the ethical, practical, and political consequences of these cases for the researchers, participants, and the social groups represented therein. And you should connect these cases to other examples of social research and implementation we have discussed.
200 Core Assessment (20%)
150 Comprehensive Final Examination (15%)
100 Complete Investigator Education Program (10%)
50 UA1: My Biases
50 UA2: Taking Sides
50 UA3: Literature Critique
50 UA4: Literature Search
50 UA5: Ethical Code Analysis
50 UA6: Ethical Issues Vignettes
50 UA7: Ethical Application
200 Participation (25 x 8)
800 - 899
700 - 799
Late Submission of Course Materials: The instructor must be notified and approve the request to submit the late work for medical or family emergencies prior to the project submission deadline. There are no late penalties for instructor approved late requests
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You cannot pass the class without taking the final. There is no alternate assignment for the final exam.
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1A Ethical Thinking: Problems & Principles
"Taking Charge" & "Critical Thinking"
1B Ethical Thinking: Analysis & Critique
"Analytical Thinking" & "Critical & Creative"
2A Ethical Building: Responsible Science
"Ethical Reasoning" & "Scientific Thinking"
2B Ethical Building: Community of Science
Israel & Hay, Ch. 1 & web resources
3A Ethical Research: Principles & Codes
Israel & Hay, Ch. 2-4 & web resources
3B Ethical Research: Consent, Confidentiality & Harm
Israel & Hay, Ch. 5-7
4A Ethical Communication
Israel & Hay, Ch. 8 & 9
4B Ethical Application
UA8, CA, Final
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