SO220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.

for U1QQ 2011

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SO 220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.


U1QQ 2011 HI


Davis, Paul B.


Adjunct Faculty



Office Location

Idaho Falls, ID

Office Hours

By appointment only

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

11 June to 30 July 2011

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 2:00 PM


See Course Description

Credit Hours


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

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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)

Class Assessment:

Ethical Vignettes Report  --  100 Points
Midterm  --  100 points
Final Exam  --  100 Points
Class participation  -- 100 points (20 points each for online participation in weeks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
     -  To get full credit you will need to submit an original post prior to Thursday night and a reply post to another students original post by Saturday night.  The original post is worth up to 15 points and the reply is worth an additional 5. 


360 - 400 - A
320 - 359 - B
280 - 319 - C
240 - 279 - D
000 - 239 - F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
As a rule I do not accept late work.  There are circumstances where I might.  These would need to be discussed with me prior to the assignment due date.  You can expect some sort of penalty to be attached to work that is submitted late, but this will vary according to the circumstances.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
To be discussed during the first meeting.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 -- Ethical versus Moral versus Legal. (11 June)
Week 2 -- Thinking about ethics (Online)
Week 3 -- Codes of Ethics (APA, ACA, AMA etc.) (Online)
Week 4 -- Privacy and Confidentiality (Online)
Week 5 -- Midterm Exam (9 July)
Week 6 -- Informed Consent and deceit in research (Online)
Week 7 -- Issues concerning publishing results (Online)
Week 8 -- Final Exam (30 July)

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

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: .

Additional Information:
This will be a "hybrid" course.  Three meetings will take place at Park (Week 1 on June 11, Week 5 on July 9, and Week 8 on July 30).


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