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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Qualitative Research Ethics
    Subject Sociology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
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    72 300-level SOCI points
    Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.

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    To be confirmed when paper is next offered.

    Paper Structure
    The paper is 100% internally assessed.
    Teaching Arrangements
    Seminar-based learning.

    Martin Tolich and Emma Tumilty (2021). Finding Your Ethical Research Self, Routledge, Abingdon.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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    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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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