Learning Objectives

  1. What is human subjects research, and what special considerations does it require?
  2. What are some of the key examples of unethical research in the medical and social sciences? What are some of the ethical problems of these studies?
  3. What are the major ethical policies and resources for social scientists pursuing research?
  4. Why might sociologists want to deceive research subjects, either implicitly or explicitly? Under what circumstances is some degree of deception ethically permissible?
  5. What ethical obligations guide sociological scholarship?
  6. What are some of the special ethical considerations of community-based research and evaluation research?