Is it permissible to breach ethical guidelines when studying certain research topics?

1. Main Post:  Would it be possible to carry out the Tearoom Trade Study (Ashford, 2009; Humphreys, 2005; Lehmiller, 2017) in a way that meets modern ethical requirements? Is it permissible to breach ethical guidelines when studying certain research topics? Why or why not? 

  • Write an essay of 200-400 words addressing these questions.  In your essay, explore your thoughts on the topic and draw connections to concepts covered in the course. 
  • Give at least two examples to support your conclusion.
    • You are encouraged to use our UMGC Library to find relevant writings that expand understanding and invite critical thinking. When appropriate, cite sources used in your essay.

2. Peer exchange:  Respond to two of your classmates’ postings. 

  • In 75-100 words, or more, provide constructive, thoughtful feedback designed to build an engaging dialog.