Ethics exercise assignment (25 points) by bn07DkDF


									                       Ethics exercise assignment (25 points)
(We will not be doing the stereotype exercise so I am shifting points from that exercise to this one.)

SPSCC is working to assess whether or not students understand the significance and
relevance of ethics in different disciplines, organizations, law etc.

Each discipline, organization, legal entity etc. focuses on different aspects of
knowledge and has different purposes for the use of that knowledge. As such, ethics
are going to be different from discipline to discipline, organization to organization,
legal entity to legal entity, etc.

The anthropology department is assessing whether or not students understand ethics
connected with anthropology. Your grade for your work on this exercise may differ
from the official assessment of your answers that will go to the dean and to the school
assessment director. Your name will not be submitted to the assessment director.

For this exercise do the following.

1) Read the article Army Enlists Anthropology in War Zones. (You likely have already
done this and written a blog on it.)

2) Read the short version of "cultural anthropology code of ethics" (Included below)

3) Glance through the long version. (link attached to this message)

4) Watch the video about the issues concerning anthropologists working for the

5) Listen to parts of the following interview of anthropologist John Allison, but
especially the section starting 9 minutes into the interview to 22 minutes.

6) Examine the website of Concerned Anthropologists

Answer the following questions, either by writing your answers and submitting
them by Wednesday, March 2, or by coming by my office and verbally answering
the questions by Friday, March 3.

A. Identify and explain the ethical issues in the case of anthropologists in the military.

B. What are the different perspectives about these ethics questions?

C. What are the alternatives in the situation? What are the consequences of each

D. If you were (are) an anthropologist, what ethical choice would you make about
participating or not participating in military efforts? In making that choice, how would
you act on it? (What would be your plan of action?)

                            Short list of anthropology ethics
                          American Anthropological Association

   1)    Do nothing in the field to sully the reputation of anthropology or weaken its
        integrity. Don’t make up data, obstruct other researchers, or cover up
        professional misconduct.

   2)    Preserve opportunities for other fieldworkers by behaving with respect toward
        people in the group you are studying with.

   3)    Publicize your findings and share your data. (In this case you will practice
        publicizing data by submitting a final paper to your instructor.)

   4)    Basically the tenant is to do no harm. That involves doing nothing that will
        negatively affect the reputations and livelihoods of the people you are working

   5)    Be honest to people about yourself and what you are doing. Get their

   6)    Preserve people’s privacy. No one except persons in positions of public
        responsibility should be recognizable in your reports. Disguise the identity of all
        people in your written and verbal accounts.


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