SO220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.

for F2LL 2012

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SO 220 Ethical Iss. in Social Sci.


F2LL 2012 LR


Coleman, George M.

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Semester Dates

Oct 22 – Dec. 16, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours



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

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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:
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.


Points Assignment
200 Core Assessment
100 Comprehensive Final Examination

100 Midterm

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

Late Submission of Course Materials:

750 - 675


674 - 600


599 - 525


524 - 450


449 - 000


Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Late work will only be accepted with prior approval of the instructor

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


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

web resources

UA8, CA, Final

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