Chapter 3: Ethics

Upon completion of this chapter, the student should be able to:
  1. Discuss why ethical issues may not be apparent to the researcher.
  2. Describe and illustrate the ethical issues involved in:  voluntary participation, no harm to subjects, anonymity and confidentiality, the researcher's identity, and analysis and reporting.
  3. Describe the role of the Institutional Review Boards (IRB).
  4. Identify the ethical principles violated in the Humphreys tearoom study.
  5. Identify the ethical principles violated in the Milgram shock study.
  6. Describe two ways in which ethical and political concerns differ.
  7. Summarize the link between objectivity and ideology.
  8. Compare the positions on the issue that social science can (or cannot) and should (or should not) be separated from politics.
  9. Illustrate how political issues exist in some of the research on race relations.
  10. Identify the political issues in research that focuses on sex.
  11. Identify the political issues raised in census research.
  12. Identify the four lessons in Babbie’s discussion of politics.