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SO 220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.
McKellar, Kenneth A.,, Sr.


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Course

SO 220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.

Semester

F1T 2009 DLA

Faculty

McKellar, Kenneth A.,, Sr.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD. Counselor Education and Supervision, St. Mary's
M.ED, Education, Counseling, Boston U
BS, Occupational Education, Southern Illinois

Office Location

On Line

Office Hours

TBD

Daytime Phone

210-475-2555

Other Phone

830-997-4373

E-Mail

kenneth.mckellar@park.edu

fredericksburgtherapist@gmail.com

Semester Dates

Fall I, 2009

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

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

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
ALL REQUIRED (the final six are tiny pocket guides at $4-6 each)

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

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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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:
The facilitators educational philosophy is socratic in nature, where in the use of questioning to promote critical thinking on the part of the students is used; It is interactive, in that the facilitator and students will interact on a weekly basis to interchange ideas and advance the study; It is self-directed, in that students will take on the responsibility to complete the assignments, interact in the classroom, and complete the research required as self-motivated learners.  The class will consist of lectures, discussions, homework, a core assessment and final exam. 

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.

Class Assessment:
Points    Assignment
200    Core Assessment (20%)
150    Comprehensive Final Examination (15%)
100    Complete Investigator Education Program (10%)
        http://cme.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/learning/humanparticipant-protections.asp

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)

Grading:

 Point Range
 Letter Grade
 >= 900
 A
 800 - 899
 B
 700 - 799
 C
 600 -699
 D
 < 600
 F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
As a rule, late work is not accepted. Because this course is only 8 weeks, it is difficult for students to get caught up, once they get behind. The facilitator will accept late work ONLY from legitimate and verifable emergencies, such as a sudden illness or a death in the immediate family.  Going TDY, or on vacation, and failing to properly plan to complete the assignments in this course, is not an acceptable reason to submit late work.  It is expected that the students have evaluated their schedules, made necessary arrangements to get their work done on time.  Submitting work AFTER the deadline listed in the classroom, is considered late and will result in an automatic grade of ZERO for that assignment. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Mutual respect is expected in the classroom at all times.  Use of Texting Slang is not acceptable in discussion posts, homework, or any other assignments. This is a college course and as such, you should be writing at a college level.  Netiquette is always required in the classroom.  Proper spelling and grammar in your posts is also required. There is a spell check, use it.  Use of references, per APA format for your initial discussion post is required.  Use of APA format and proper referencing, etc.  for homework assignments and your core assessment is required. 
 
Communication with the facilitator early and often is the best defense against misunderstanding.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 WEEK TOPIC
READING
ASSIGNMENT
 1  1A Ethical Thinking: Problems & Principles
 "Taking Charge" & "Critical Thinking"
 UA1
 2  1B Ethical Thinking: Analysis & Critique
 "Analytical Thinking" & "Critical & Creative"
 UA2
 3  2A Ethical Building: Responsible Science
 "Ethical Reasoning" & "Scientific Thinking"
 UA3
 4  2B Ethical Building: Community of Science
 Israel & Hay, Ch. 1 & web resources
UA4 
 5  3A Ethical Research: Principles & Codes
 Israel & Hay, Ch. 2-4 & web resources
 UA5
 6  3B Ethical Research: Consent, Confidentiality & Harm
Israel & Hay, Ch. 5-7
 UA6
 7  4A Ethical Communication
 Israel & Hay, Ch. 8 & 9
 UA7
 8  4B Ethical Application
 web resources
 UA8, CA, Final

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:
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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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Last Updated:7/24/2009 9:19:34 AM