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Ethics - the short guide

For beginning students

Inger Mewburn

on 5 April 2011

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Transcript of Ethics - the short guide

This prezi was composed by:
Dr Inger Mewburn
Research Fellow @
RMIT School of Graduate Research Contact:
inger.mewburn@rmit.edu.au / @thesiswhisperer
You have to learn to listen to what the projects are telling you

. This can be difficult. All researchers must follow the rules about ethics approval "Ethics approval processes" can have a bad reputation. But I like to think about it like this: Does your work involve talking to / photographing or otherwise investigating the behaviour of humans or animals? Yes?
Then you have to do ethics No?
Lucky you!
Go for it. Here's some common complaints I hear about ethics: If you don't don't get an approval before you do the work, you can't use the data.
End of story. "It takes too long" "It cramps my style!" "I'm not going to hurt anyone" "I didn't know I had to do it" Don't be a victim of epic ethics fail.
Read this first: http://www.rmit.edu.au/research/integrity
Then talk with your supervisor.
Make sure there is informed consent "But they wanted to be part of it!" Socrates encouraged us to lead an examined life... Ethics processes are a way of examining yourself
and making sure you are being an ethical researcher It used to be easy to be a Doctor - you just had to know everything....
Luckily that meant just knowing what was in the Bible Yes. Even if you are an artist or designer. Not if you plan it right Your 'style' might not be ethical. We have processes so we can check. Ethics processes are designed to make sure you don't. You can't always know that for sure. Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the rules. Become informed. So here's what NOT to do... Why do we have ethics processes? Mid last century, experiments like Milgrams "obedience to authority" tests shocked the world
In response to public outrage, universities started to ensure research was conducted ethically
The idea of 'informed consent' was the ruling principle Play this one first Play this one second Play this one third These videos show a replication
of Milgram's experiment
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