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Mon 20 Jan 2020
15:00 - 18:00

Venue: 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 2

Provided by: Social Sciences Research Methods Programme


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Research Ethics

Mon 20 Jan 2020

Description

Ethics is becoming an increasingly important issue for all researchers and the aim of this session is to demonstrate the practical value of thinking seriously and systematically about what constitutes ethical conduct in social science research. The session will involve some small-group work.

Target audience
  • University Students from Tier 1 Departments
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here
Prerequisites

Participants are required to locate, download and read the ‘Ethical Code’ or set of ‘Guidelines’ which most apply to their academic discipline. Please bring this Code or set of guidelines to the workshop, along with any critical observations. There are some examples of codes and guidelines below. For a summary, and as a resource, see: https://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/curec/resources/associations-guidance/

Sessions

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 20 Jan 2020   15:00 - 18:00 15:00 - 18:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 2 map Dr Matthew Sparkes
Topics covered
  • What do we mean by ethics?
  • National and international policy frameworks
  • Ethics and risk
  • Ethics across disciplinary boundaries
  • Dealing with ethical dilemmas
  • The processes of applying for ethics approval within the University of Cambridge
Objectives

To demonstrate the practical value of thinking seriously and systematically about what constitutes ethical conduct in social science research

Aims

To allow students to distinguish between values, moral and ethical issues, encourage students to think about problems and dilemmas in conducting research, help students to gain an overview of ethical relationships, enable students to know when to ask for help, and prepare students in terms of defence of possible criticisms of their own research.

Format

Presentations, demonstrations and small group work

Textbook(s)
  • Israel,M. & Hay, I. (2006) Research Ethics for Social Scientiests. London:Sage
  • Haggerty, K.(2004) 'Ethics creep: governing social science research in the name of ethics'. Qualitative Sociology, 27, pp391-414
  • Mertens, D. and Ginsberg, P. (2009) The Handbook of Social Research Ethics. Cal. Thousand Hills: Sage

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Assessment

This module is not assessed.

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Frequency

This module runs twice a year - once in Michaelmas Term; once in Lent Term.

Theme
Elements of Social Science Research

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