Thursday, October 10, 2013
Lecture # 4 – Research Ethics
SOCI 2030 – Research Methods
- There needs to be a sense of research ethics. Otherwise, there would be no “line”.
- Companies my ask you to do research that may violate certain standards because they
want concrete results. Therein lies the moral conundrum.
- Two views:
o Causing blatant harm to another living thing is wrong on all accounts.
o Causing blatant harm to another living things is acceptable only when it’s serving
the greater good.
- Being is position of guilty knowledge. Do you report found criminal knowledge that you
acquired through your research.
Ethics in Social Research:
- Scientific misconduct
- Research fraud
- Unethical but legal
- Ethics and research participants (Harm)