Following formal guidelines for conducting research is of utmost importance in the field of sociology.
Respond to the following question in the discussion forum for this module.
The American Sociological Association has established formal guidelines for conducting research. Why is it important for sociologists to follow formal guidelines? Give examples of situations in which sociological research had been conducted under what some may consider unethical circumstances.
Go to the American Sociological Association web site for additional information on research ethics.
Post your opening response to the question early in the assignment period so that others have time to respond to you.
A thoughtful opening response will consider various ethical research situations in which guidelines may prevent harm to participants in sociological research.