SO 220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.
S1T 2010 DLA
Sociology/Psychology Faculty Member
BBA Computer Informtaion SystemsMS Professional CounselingCISM, ASIST
11 January - 7 March 2010
An introductory social science class (i.e., SO141, PS101, CJ100, or SW205).
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 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
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
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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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to the class room still be sure to include your reference in your posting.
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assignment submission. I am flexible and open communication is a must.
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A proctored final examination is to be taken in a proctored testing environment
during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or
at an alternative location.
You cannot pass the class without taking the final. There
alternate assignment for
the final exam.
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6th week of the term who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
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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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