SOCI1513 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Informed Consent

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Lecture 17
Ethical considerations are of particular importance to
sociologists because sociologists study people.
Thus, sociologists must adhere to a rigorous code of
ethics.
In the context of sociological research, a code of ethics
refers to formal guidelines for conducting research,
consisting of principles and ethical standards concerning
the treatment of human individuals.
The most important ethical consideration in sociological
research is that participants in a sociological investigation
are not harmed in any way.
Exactly what this entails can vary from study to study,
but there are several universally recognized
considerations.
Research on children and youth always requires parental
consent.
All sociological research requiresinformed consent, and
participants are never coerced into participation.
Informed consent in general involves ensuring that prior
to agreeing to participate, research subjects are aware of
details of the study including the risks and benefits of
participation and in what ways the data collected will be
used and kept secure.
Participants are also told that they may stop their
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