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SOCI401 Qualitative Research Ethics

Aims to make students employing a qualitative methodology familiar with the epistemological and ethical issues they are likely to encounter in a formal ethics review. Explores common ethical dilemmas that routinely confront qualitative researchers in the field.

The paper focuses as much on advanced qualitative research techniques (auto-ethnography, photo voice, narrative analysis, the walking interview) as it does on an introduction to qualitative research ethics. A key question asks if qualitative research is sufficiently unique to require its own code of ethics. The paper traverses established (Zimbardo, Humphreys, Milgram) and recent cases of ethical dilemmas thrown up by social science research. The first two assignments review major epistemological issues in qualitative research ethics. The third assignment allows students to write an ethics application focusing on their future research project. Additionally, assignment four - the longest assignment, written in the second of half of the year - allows students to research a topic of their choice in depth.

Paper title Qualitative Research Ethics
Paper code SOCI401
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,076.55
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,267.52

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Prerequisite
72 300-level SOCI points
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Martin Tolich
Paper Structure
The paper is 100% internally assessed.
Teaching Arrangements
Seminar-based learning
Textbooks
  1. Tolich, Martin editor (2015). Qualitative Ethics in Practice, Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA
  2. Tolich, Martin and Barry Smith (2015). The Politicisation of Ethics review in New Zealand, Dunmore Press, Auckland
  3. Sieber, Joan and Martin Tolich (2013). Planning Ethically Responsible Research Sage, Thousand Oaks
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Understand and critically evaluate the sociology of power relations within research ethics; compare these patterns and trends cross-nationally
  • Situate qualitative research epistemologically, understanding how its research ethics manifest uniquely
  • Comprehend primary-source material on qualitative research ethics
  • Apply ethical principles to current dilemmas in qualitative research ethics

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22, 28-34, 36-41

Aims to make students employing a qualitative methodology familiar with the epistemological and ethical issues they are likely to encounter in a formal ethics review. Explores common ethical dilemmas that routinely confront qualitative researchers in the field.

The paper focuses as much on advanced qualitative research techniques (auto-ethnography, photo voice, narrative analysis, the walking interview) as it does on an introduction to qualitative research ethics. A key question asks if qualitative research is sufficiently unique to require its own code of ethics. The paper traverses established (Zimbardo, Humphreys, Milgram) and recent cases of ethical dilemmas thrown up by social science research.
The first two assignments review major epistemological issues in qualitative research ethics. The third assignment allows students to write an ethics application focusing on their future research project. Additionally, assignment four - the longest assignment, written in the second of half of the year - allows students to research a topic of their choice in depth.

Paper title Qualitative Research Ethics
Paper code SOCI401
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
72 300-level SOCI points
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Martin Tolich
Paper Structure
The paper is 100% internally assessed.
Teaching Arrangements
Seminar-based learning.
Textbooks
  1. Tolich, Martin editor (2015). Qualitative Ethics in Practice, Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA
  2. Tolich, Martin and Barry Smith (2015). The Politicisation of Ethics review in New Zealand, Dunmore Press, Auckland
  3. Sieber, Joan and Martin Tolich (2013). Planning Ethically Responsible Research Sage, Thousand Oaks
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Understand and critically evaluate the sociology of power relations within research ethics; compare these patterns and trends cross-nationally
  • Situate qualitative research epistemologically, understanding how its research ethics manifest uniquely
  • Comprehend primary-source material on qualitative research ethics
  • Apply ethical principles to current dilemmas in qualitative research ethics

^ Top of page

Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22, 28-34, 36-41