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Todd Alway

September 26, 2013 Political Science 3N06 Political Science 3N06 2013 Lecture 4a: Research Ethics - You cannot conduct original social scientific research without an appreciation of the ethical dilemmas that are inherent to any study of human society Points to consider: - 1. Our discipline is governed by a set of general ethical principles that should guide your research - 2. What these principles actually mean in specific situations is not always clear cut o If people know that you are studying them, what will you get? - 3. There are occasions when our ethical obligations and the law might conflict o The law might say do some specific things, where the ethics will say otherwise; - 4. There is an institutional framework that is tasked with clearing the ethics of our research on a case by case basis o Research that is undertaken at university level is governed; system of gate-keepers is on top of our research.  On what basis are they making their decisions? - This raises questions about who is making these decisions and on what basis Archetypal cases of ethically suspect research - Tuskegee syphilis study - Milgram’s study of obedience o Human behaviour o Paid volunteers o Learning experiment o What is the effect of punishment on learning; o Two v
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