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Mon 15 Oct 2018
15:00 - 18:00

Venue: 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 6

Provided by: Social Sciences Research Methods Programme


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Research Ethics (Michaelmas)

Mon 15 Oct 2018


Ethics is becoming an increasingly important issue for all researchers and the aim of this session is to demonstrate the practical value of thinking seriously and systematically about what constitutes ethical conduct in social science research. The session will involve a lecture component and some small-group work.

To allow students to distinguish between values, moral and ethical issues, encourage students to think about problems and dilemmas in conducting research, help students to gain an overview of ethical relationships, enable students to know when to ask for help, and prepare students in terms of defence of possible criticisms of their own research.


  • What do we mean by ethics?
  • National and international policy frameworks
  • Ethics and risk
  • Ethics across disciplinary boundaries
  • Dealing with ethical dilemmas
  • The processes of applying for ethics approval within the University of Cambridge

Participants are required to locate, download and read the ‘Ethical Code’ or set of ‘Guidelines’ which most apply to their academic discipline. Please bring this Code or set of guidelines to the workshop, along with any critical observations. There are some examples of codes and guidelines below. For a summary, and as a resource, see:


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 15 Oct 2018   15:00 - 18:00 15:00 - 18:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 6 map Dr Matthew Sparkes
  • Israel,M. & Hay, I. (2006) Research Ethics for Social Scientiests. London:Sage
  • Haggerty, K.(2004) 'Ethics creep: governing social science research in the name of ethics'. Qualitative Sociology, 27, pp391-414
  • Mertens, D. and Ginsberg, P. (2009) The Handbook of Social Research Ethics. Cal. Thousand Hills: Sage



This module is not assessed.

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This module runs twice a year - once in Michaelmas Term; once in Lent Term.

Elements of Social Science Research

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