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Ethics, Morals, Culture and understanding research methods

1. If a person follows all laws, does that make them a moral person? Have you ever done something you knew to be wrong? Why did you do it?

2. If you had to choose one ethical system, which one most closely conforms to your own beliefs? Explain your answer. Can you think of any situations in which lying is ethically acceptable?

3. Do you believe that it is easier for members of society to reach a consensus on certain behaviors and not others? Please explain. Do you think culture plays a role in determining the perceived normalcy of the behavior?

4. Do you think that it is important to understand the research methods criminologists' use? Why or Why not? What is the difference between using scientific knowledge versus personal experience to understand crime patterns?

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1. If a person follows all laws, does that make them a moral person? Have you ever done something you knew to be wrong? Why did you do it?

Following laws does not necessarily make someone a moral person. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, morals is defined as "of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior". Therefore, following all man-made laws does not necessarily make you a moral person. For example, you can follow all the laws but could sleep with your best friend's spouse. It is not illegal by law to do it, but it is morally wrong to commit adultery.
I have done things that I felt were wrong by withholding information. I did it to protect my friendship and not get involved in the situation. I knew that my best friend's spouse was sleeping with another woman, but I did not say anything. It tore me up inside ...

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This posting covers 4 separate issues: ethics, morals, culture and understanding research methods.

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