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Social Sciences
Stephanie Mullen

Research & Professional Ethics Objectives • Understand the ethical considerations for social science research. • Understand the elements that must be included in an informed consent form. • Understand the key professional ethical considerations in each step of a research project. Can Political Science Research Really be Threatening to Participants? • When research intrudes into the private sphere or delves into some deeply personal experience • When the study is concerned with deviance and social control (policy issues that would affect female offenders, sexual behavior, etc) • When it impinges on the exercise of coercion or domination (white researcher doing research with First Nations People) Risk to the Researcher • Physical safety of the research team • Legal action • Stigma associated with unpopular topics. Three Ethics Pillars to Protect Participants • Confidentiality • Informed Consent • Right to Withdraw Confidentiality & Anonymity • Confidentiality - means that information may have names attached to it, but the researcher holds it in confidence or keeps it secret. • Anonymity - means that subjects remain anonymous or nameless. (Secondary datasets) • What about elite interviews-to name or not to name??? • Name/position they hold gives weight to findings (Minister). Consent must be given to use their name. Elements that Must be in an Informed Consent Form • Nature of the Research • What activities the participants would be involved with (answer questions) & time duration • Identity of the Researchers & provide contact information • Any risks to which participants might be exposed • Be advised that participation is voluntary • Participants can withdraw at any point in the research • The guarantee that all responses will remain confidential & anonymous. • An individual or office that participants can contact, should they have questions or concerns about the study • An offer to provide detailed information about the study (The potential use of the research findings) and/or where the findings can be found upon completion of the study -usually a web site. • A place for the participant to sign and date the letter indicating agreement to participate. Informed Consent – Verbal • Everything that needs to be pr
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