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S104: Research Ethics


Assignment #1: August 30
 Read Chapter #1 of Textbook.

Locate at least one new, relatively uncrowded computer center
that would be convenient for use between classes.
Assignment #2: September 4

Find  "The Wisdom of Repugnance" by Leon R. Kass  (The New Republic, June 2, 1997)
 and "The Paradox of Cloning" by James Q. Wilson (The Weekly Standard, May 26, 1997)
 on the web and prepare to discuss on Tuesday. 

Assignment #3: September 6

Read:  Gregory Spence, Who's Afraid of Human Cloning?, Chapter 5 and Chapter 8
  and prepare to discuss on Thursday.
Assignment #4: Sept. 11    Chapter 7: The Ethics of Genetic Screening and Testing 
(discussion led by Elizabeth Dollens and Grant Simpson) and Chapter 2 in your textbook..

Assignment #5: Sept. 13    Chapter 8: Ethics and Eugenics
(discussion led by Erica Edler and Ben Redman). Also go the web site of the ORI
(Office of Research Integrity) to get an idea of how the government conceives of
research ethics.  

Assignment #6: Sept. 18  Essay No. 1 due. Instructions for the essay.

Assignment #7: Sept. 20    Chapter 9: Ethical Issues in Animal Experimentation
(discussion led by Chris Blazevich and Jen Hansell).

Assignment #8: Chapter 10: Research Involving Human Subjects
(discussion led by Sarah Hampel and John Steinhofer). Read the Pro and Con articles
concerning the Ethics of Animal Research on the Scientific American website:
You may also find the Poll and Response sections interesting.

Assignment #9: Sept. 27    Chapter 11: Research Involving Human Subjects:
Administration of Alcohol (discussion led by Marissa Johnson and Katie Szpyrka).
Read Stanley Milgram's own account of his controversial research:

Assignment #10: Oct. 2 Chapter 12: The Ethics of Deception in Research
(discussion led by Marietta Anderson and Lisa Ahrens).
Read two discussions of the Milgram experiment:

Assignment #11: Oct. 4 Essay No. 2 due but no class. Instructions for the essay.

Assignment #12: Oct. 9 Chapter 16: The Historian's Code of Ethics
(discussion led by Betsy Holdread and Donna Lee).
Search the web for information about the ethical problem(s) associated with Joseph Ellis,
a Pulitzer Prize winning historian. Print out one page that you find especially informative,
interesting or amusing to bring to class.

Assignment #13: Oct. 11 Chapter 17: The Use and Interpretation of Historical Documents
(discussion led by Ben Barone).
On Tuesday you'll be given a xerox copy of the student essay in Chapter 17 to annotate.
Bring it to class on Thursday.

Assignment #14: Oct. 16 The primary reading is the xeroxed article handed out in class:
D. Patai, "Ethical Problems of Personal Narratives," International Journal of Oral History,
Vol. 8, 1987 (discussion led by Tracy Monroe).
Also read Chapter 18: Oral Historians Meet the Media

Assignment #15: Oct. 18 Chapter 19: Limiting Access to Scholarly Materials:
Case of the Dead Sea Scrolls (discussion led by Lindsey Oldham).
Read a bit about the "Holocaust Deniers" on the web, including the two highlighted articles
at this web site:
Assignment #16: Oct. 23  Chapter 6: Data Alteration in Scientific Research
(discussion led by Justin Hanig and Jessica Meyers).
Also read about "fruad at the fringes" at:
Assignment #17: Oct. 25. Essay #3 due. Class meets in Goodbody Hall 107.
Click here for the text of the overheads: Instructions for Research Paper
Oct. 30: Turn in by e-mail before class a couple of sentences giving a general description
of the topic of your Research Paper. 

Nov. 1: Turn in by e-mail before class a complete bibliographic entry for the best references
you have found so far. Use either the MLA or APA style guide posted on the library
web page. Also use that page's advice for citing web pages.

Nov. 6: Send in by e-mail any queries you have about finishing your paper before class.

Nov. 8: Organization of debate teams. ATTEND CLASS!

Nov. 13: Research Paper 1 due. Bring in hard copy and also send it as an attachment.
ATTEND CLASS even if your paper is late.

Nov. 20: Topic and at least one good source for Research Paper 2 due. You may wish
to review the suggestions found in the above link for Research paper 1. Here are the
additional possibilities presented in class on Thursday:
Additional Suggestions for Research Paper #2

Nov. 8		Organize debate teams
Nov. 13      Research Paper 1
Nov. 15      
Nov. 20      Turn in topic and a couple of good sources for Research Paper 2
Nov. 27      Debates begin
Nov. 29
Dec. 4
Dec. 6
Exam Week 	Research Paper 2