When we think of ethics, we usually think of guidelines for differentiating between what is right and what is wrong. For example, consider the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) or the Hippocratic Oath (“First, do no harm”). We are exposed to ethical norms for behavior in many settings (home, school, church, etc.) and from an early age.
In your initial post, answer the following questions: If ethical norms for behavior are so commonplace, and guidelines for ethical decision making are common sense, why must we consider the ethical implications of research in this course? Be as specific as possible and include examples from your own experience related to ethical dilemmas to explain your opinion.