Publication Date

October 2013


Ethical awareness and research integrity are quintessential elements that should not miss from the training of future social science professionals. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to examine how ethics are taught by faculty and learned by students using a case study of faculty teaching a two-course research sequence for undergraduate Sociology majors at a large public university in southeastern USA. Beyond the protection of human subjects, we discuss how ethics need to be considered in every phase of the research process (sampling, data collection, data storage, analysis, reporting of research findings, and conflict of interests). This paper exposes the need to establish a community of faculty focused on integrating the highest ethical standards of research in their research methods courses, not only to train great researchers, but also to prepare students for future professional careers.