SO220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.

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SO 220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.


F2D 2010 DA


Wright, Barbara May


Adjunct Faculty - Social Psychology


BA:  psychology major, math minor
MA:  clinical psychology with school psychologist specialization
Post grad:  educational administration

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Office Hours


Daytime Phone

(520) 624-4690

Other Phone

(520) 548-6209


Semester Dates

18 Oct 2010 - 12 Dec 2010

Class Days


Class Time



An introductory social science course (i.e. SO 141 or PS 101)

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 Analytical Thinking, (2003).  Dillon 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 Miniature Guide to Ethical Reasoning, (2003).  Dillon Beach, CA:  Foundation for Critical Thinking.  ISBN:  0944583172.

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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:
Students will learn through interactiveness based on discussions, readings, exams, web sites, and journal entries. Students will be encouraged to explore how these ethical issues might apply within the situations that they may face within real life and working situations.

Class Assessment:
Points:         Assignment:
  80 points:  Class attendance/participation
  50 points:  Midterm exam.
100 points:  Final exam.
  50 points:  Paper on identifying personal biases.
  50 points:  Journal article review/literature search on current issue(s) involving ethical issue(s) in social psychology.
  50 points:  Paper on identifying issues for persons on different sides - including current issues introduced within the media.
  50 points:  Paper on Ethical Code Analysis.
  50 points:  Paper on Ethical Issues Vignettes.
  50 points:  Paper on Ethical Applications, including opinions/reflections on these.
200 points:  2 case study presentations with essays addressing ethical principles that were at issue and strategies used to insure the standards of ethical research, success of these strategies, etc.

Grade:     Points range:
A             657.00 - 730.00
B             584.00 - 656.99
C             511.00 - 584.99
D             438.00 - 510.99
F             437.00 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of work must be arranged with me.  Such request should be for medical or family emergencies or work assignment.I prefer to have discussion about this need (including appropriate documentation, if needed) prior to the required date or immediately following.

Work submitted after the due date without proper arrangements will have points reduced by 10% of the maximum possible times the number of weeks being late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Consideration will be given to maintain the high standards of ethical behavior within the classroom.  All rules shall be followed as noted in the references to school policy and procedures.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week:      Topic:                                                                         Assignment Due:
1              Orientation to class and Chapter 1 of Israel & Hay.
2              Chapter 2 - 4 of Israel & Hay                                     Paper on biases
3              Critical Thinking                                                          Journal article review
4              Analytical Thinking  & Ethical Reasoning                     Paper on taking sides
5              Scientific Thinking and midterm exam                          Paper on ethical codes
6              Chapters 5 - 7 of Israel & Hays                                  Paper on ethical vignettes
7              Chapters 8 & 9 of Israel & Hays                                Paper on ethical applications
8              Final presentation and final exam                                Case studies essay

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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