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Fall 2017-2018
SOC 506 / POP 506   P/D/F Only

Research Ethics & Scientific Integrity (Half-Term)

Elizabeth M. Armstrong

This course is concerned with the professional obligations of social science researchers. Topics covered include teaching and mentoring relationships, human subjects protections, professional codes of ethics, data management, peer review, collaboration, scientific misconduct (fraud, fabrication and plagiarism), conflicts of interest, and scientific agenda-setting. The course is intended for graduate students in Sociology and the Office of Population Research.

Sample reading list:
N. Stereck and M. Sheetz, eds., Investigating Research Integrity
G. Weisz, ed., Social Science Perspectives and Medical Ethics
E. Perecman and Sara R. Curran, eds., A Handbook for Social Science Research
Steven Cahn, Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia
D. S. Greenberg, Science, Money and Politics: Political Triumph & Ethical
Daniel Sarewitz, Frontiers of Illusion: Science, Technology and the Politics

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two 5-10 page papers. 200 pages of reading per week.

Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 50%

Other Requirements:
Responsible Conduct of Research Course

Other information:
This is a six week course that will meet from 10/25/17 - 12/13/17. Non-Sociology graduate students wishing to receive a grade for this course must submit a completed Graduate Student Enrollment Change Form located at the following URL:

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20014 S01 09:00:00 am - 12:00:00 pm W   Wallace Hall   190   Enrolled:13 Limit:25