301 W6 E 6.2
For each case, (a) identify what you believe to be the one or two ethical issues that are most apparent in the situation, drawing from the ethical issues discussed on Babbie, pp. 63-81, and (b) explain why you think this case represents a minor, moderate, or severe ethical violation.
1. A political science instructor asks students in an introductory class to complete questionnaires that the instructor will analyze and use in preparing a journal article for publication.
2. After researchers do a field study of deviant behavior during a riot, law enforcement officials demand that the researchers identify the persons who were observed looting. Rather than risk arrest as accomplices after the fact, the researchers comply and turn over the names.
3. After completing the draft of a book reporting a research project, the author discovers that 25 of the 2,000 survey interviews were falsified by interviewers, but chooses to ignore that fact and publish the book anyway.
4. While studying a range of student behaviors, a researcher discovers that 85 percent of students in a school regularly smoke marijuana. Publication of this finding will probably create a furor in the community. Because no extensive analysis of drug use is planned, the researcher decides to ignore the finding and keep it quiet.
5. A graduate student joins a Yahoo group and a Facebook group about the sports car that she drives. She occasionally submits posts, and decides to do a sociological study about the sense of community experienced by members. She attends a car rally publicized by the Facebook group and mingles with participants. In her study, she uses archived posts and notes she took while at car rallies.
Required sources only:
Chapter 3 and Chapter 2 (pp. 31-43 only) in Earl Babbie, The Basics of Social Research, 6th ed. Wadsworth, 2014. ISBN 113359414X
Responses will consistently demonstrate that the learner is reading/viewing the source material, reading others’ posts, and reflecting upon all of these, through relevant responses. Responses will consistently draw on specific information from source material (e.g., videos, readings), using multiple specific, accurate, and relevant examples. Responses are well organized, with no run on paragraphs or stream of consciousness writing. Use full sentences with proper grammar and almost no spelling or punctuation mistakes. The tone of your response should reflect formal writing (e.g., no abbreviations that are better suited to informal texting, email, or IM).