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Criminal behavioral Research

1. A brief description of one ethical principle and one research standard that you think apply to conducting research in criminal behavior. Then, explain how each applies, using specific examples.

2. A brief description of at least two challenges related to studying criminal behavior and conducting research in it, describing specific examples that may best represent these challenges. Then, explain how each challenge might be addressed, also using specific examples

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Hi There,
In this particular task, you are being asked to discuss a number of concepts in relation criminality and ethics. What you zero in is dependent on your view but the ideas below should get you started. Remember to review the current theories and perspectives presented in your course materials to include concepts from there as well. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. Ethics in Criminological research - 100 words
2. Ethical Principle 1 (what stands out most to you) - 100 words
3. Research Standard (what you interests you most) - 100 words
4. Application of 2 & 3 via examples - 200 words
5. Challenge 1 (focus on study) - 100 words
6. Challenge 2 (focus on doing research) - 100 words
7. Exemplify 5 & 6 - 200 words
8. Addressing 5 & 6 - 100 words

This outline should yield around 1,000 words which should cover what you need. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones
Ethics in Criminology

What is ethics and how is it practiced in criminology? Ethics in moral philosophy is the concept of determining and practicing what is seen as right and wrong and in criminology, applied ethics is the philosophical examination of what is moral (the right thing to do) when conducting work and studies that are a matter of moral judgement. Since criminology is the scientific study of the nature, causes and control of criminal behavior from a micro (the individual) and macro (society as a whole) perspective - it is a social science, a human science wherein the conduct of the scientists, the experts, people involved in justice and law enforcement and the practice of the science as applied to society (the criminal justice system) becomes subject to the question of what is ethical according to the laws of the land and the expectations, beliefs, culture and standard of society. With crime defined as the breaking of rules as set about by the governing authority (in the US, it is the American constitution and the enacted laws put in place by the US Congress and legislative bodies), what is ethical is determined by how criminological practice abides by codes that have been put in place by governing authorities and professional bodies academic, legal and professional as befit the demands of the field. For a person in the field - whether as an academic expert (researcher) or a law enforcement professional (i.e. lawyer, prison officer, judge, police), the code of ethics demands that for the action to be right, it must be in accordance with the code expected. Behaving against the code means taking an unethical action and, dependent upon the nature, context and gravity has its appropriate sanctions and implications.

Ethical Principle

For me, there are ethical principles that researchers and experts in criminology should live by. Dependent upon ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) the topic of criminal behavior with a focus on ethical principles & research standards in criminal behavioral research (Ethics and Research Practice in Criminology). A simple outline is suggested together with key information (1,600+ words) to get the student started. Resources are also included for further exploration of the topic.