SOCS5005 Social Research Ethics

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
This intensive unit explores the range of ethical issues that social research generates. Topics such as the notion of doing no harm, requirements around informed consent, issues of conflicts of interest, working with vulnerable groups, the dissemination of results, and the role of values in research, are covered. Case studies are used to illustrate the range of ethical dilemmas across a number of contexts.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify the range of ethical issues that may arise in social research; (2) demonstrate understanding of Australian human research ethics requirements and their application; (3) use ethical principles and reasoning to determine appropriate responses to particular ethical dilemmas in social research; and (4) complete an ethics application form.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) an ethics application and analysis; and (3) an oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Farida Fozdar and Professor Mark Israel
Contact hours
24 hours—taught intensively and may include evening and/or Saturday classes
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