Ethical issues when undertaking research


A level


6m 40s
In this podcast on research methods, we examine the ethical issues associated with undertaking research. The discussion covers the areas of informed consent and right to withdraw, anonymity and confidentiality, avoiding harm to participants, upholding the good name of sociology, adhering to the law and dealing with the media.

1. Listen to the podcast and make notes

2. Explain the term ‘informed consent’

3. Why is anonymity important when undertaking research?

4. Explain why sociologists must constantly strive to uphold the good name of sociology

5. Are there any ethical issues associated with secondary research?


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