Lecture3 - Chapter 3: Research Ethics Why Do We Need...

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Chapter 3: Research Ethics
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Why Do We Need Research Ethics? Social Scientists often deal in sensitive subjects: Sexual Activity; Sexual Preference; Income; Racial Attitudes; Gender Attitudes; Status. Ethical Practices attempt to limit negative impact to participants in social science research. See British Genetic Study as Example.
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Rule 1 Voluntary Participation: Individuals must freely volunteer to participate in a social experiment; i.e. they cannot be unknowing participants, nor can they be positively or negatively coerced. Positive coercion: Offered a reward for doing so. Extra Credit Money Probation Negative coercion: Threatened with “not nice” consequences if they don’t cooperate. Fail the course Longer Sentencing. Threats of shame, guilt, etc.
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Obstacles to Following Rule 1 Some people may be more willing to participate in studies than others; this can lead to a sampling bias. i.e. are you measuring what you think you are?
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2010 for the course SOC 4 taught by Professor Rick during the Spring '08 term at UC Riverside.

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Lecture3 - Chapter 3: Research Ethics Why Do We Need...

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