SOC234 Week 12 Ethics/Exam Q&A – Bronwyn

Dear SOC234 Students,

Please leave your Week 12 questions regarding the Week 11 Ethics topic, and the SOC234 Exam here as comments for your tutor, and they will respond to them between Monday and Wednesday. These are designed to help you prepare for the exam, and will accompany the Q&A session you will have with me during this week as well.



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Sally Miles. said : Guest Report 9 months ago

Blog on Ethics within Research. Week 11 Sally Miles SOC 234 M’Vale 5591958. Sorry Bronwyn, I couldn't put a blog there. Maybe I'm a ludite, sorry. So, it follows. i put the tweet through ok. Research atrocities that occurred during WW2, led to the Nuremburg code of ethical practices to be undertaken in bio-medical procedures, but other professional areas of social work were also affected, Johnstone (1994). Ethical research must follow the guidelines set down by the Ethical Boards, whom ensure the protection of human’s undergoing research. The Ethics board references to standards of high morality, the needs of the stakeholders, participants, the researcher or research organization and the broader public. The (HREC) Human Research Ethics Committee is now part of every government and private Institution that conducts research. The overarching statement behind Ethics committee directives is ‘Do no harm’. The basic principles to be upheld are: Anonymity for participants, Informed or Tacit consent given, Protective precautions taken to prevent harm, Conflicts of Interest cannot be present, all risks are looked into and protected and confidentiality is observed and maintained. It may be interesting to read the article When ‘Do No Harm’ Is Not Enough: The Ethics of Research with Refugees and Other Vulnerable Groups by Hugman, Pittaway, and Bartolomei, (2011), as it indicates the ethical dilemmas around researching refugees who are already traumatized and vulnerable. In certain field situations, it is not possible to follow ethical protocols, yet there are ‘noble’ aspirations for the research to be conducted. This article goes further, by suggesting a better form of participatory research as a vehicle for research ethics in social work. It would appear from the recent scholarship by Hugman and colleagues, that Research Ethics in the post-modern globalised world requires revision of certain methods and pragmatic values, in order to maintain a level of high protection for all participants.

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