Although the lack of meaningful oversight and clear ethical guidelines character


Although the lack of meaningful oversight and clear ethical guidelines characteristic of much of the 20th century led to horrific abuses on the part of biomedical and behavioral scientists, this laissez-faire approach to regulation also yielded a number of legitimately interesting studies that, for a variety of reasons, will never be replicated. Such studies fall into a sort of ethical gray area—they’re not exactly cautionary tales, but neither do they represent the type of research to which today’s students should aspire. Two such studies are detailed in the readings below. In the first, psychologist Milton Rokeach gathered three psychiatric patients, each with the delusion that they were Jesus Christ, to live together for two years in Ypsilanti State Hospital to see if their beliefs would change. In the second, psychologist D.L. Rosenhan essentially had sane individuals voluntarily commit themselves to psychiatric hospitals to see whether the staff would be able to ferret out the pretenders.
Your assignment is as follows: after completing the readings below, you are to write a short-ish (250-300 words) blurb about each case. In your blurbs, you should address the extent to which each study adheres to the general principles outlined in the Nuremberg Code and/or the Belmont Report. You don’t need to address every single principle listed in the two documents; focus instead on ideas and/or themes the two documents have in common.
Also, this week we’ll be focusing on eliminating sentence fragments from our writing. If you’re not sure what a sentence fragment is, take a gander at this guide (Links to an external site.) from our friends at Grammarly.
Case #1: The Three Christs of Ypsilanti
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Case #2: On Being Sane in Insane Places
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Rubric
Assignment #2 Rubric
Assignment #2 Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDetail
The details included in the student’s blurb clearly show that they actually completed the readings prior to doing the assignment.
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeApplication of Ethical Principles
The student’s writing demonstrates both their understanding of the ethical principles outlined in the Nuremberg Code/Belmont Report and their ability to identify common themes found therein.
10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar
In which the student’s use of punctuation, sentence structure, etc. is scrutinized. In this case, particular attention will be paid to sentence fragments.
5 pts
Total Points: 20
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