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York University
PSYC 2030
Krista Phillips

Lecture Three: • Ethics: a system of moral principles o Branch of philosophy dealing with values and motives o The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or group of persons o The science of morals o A particular system of principles and rules concerning duty, whether true or false; rules of practice in respect to a single class of human actions; as political or social ethics o As far as scientific research is concerned, ethical responsibility and integrity is assumed to be the highest order o People are becoming increasingly sensitive to the question of ethics in regards to research and experiment o These code of ethics was only formally created in 1953  Why did it take so long? Very difficult to decide what’s wrong or right in a discipline and have members of a community agree. Mainly because they didn’t have to. People trusted psychologists. This trust impeded the development of this code. o In regards to the APA code and what’s right or wrong: it is best viewed as a social construction. As well as the DSM o Our ideas of what’s normal and abnormal are also social constructions o Form one: out of control and need to be restrained or admitted and cannot leave the institution o Ethics and our ideas of what’s normal or abnormal are relative.
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