Week 5 – assignment: interpret the history of research ethics

Assume you are invited as a guest lecturer for an undergraduate business class. You must help your audience understand the historical context leading up to present-day debates about proper research practices.

Begin by conducting a historical analysis of the present-day debate on research ethics. Include the following in your lecture:

  • Explain why and how current research ethics have developed, as well as what ethical concerns have emerged.
  • Explore how these have been addressed and regulated.  
  • Explain why and how current ethics in research developed by using at least two or three of the following cases as examples:
    • Case 1: Yellow fever
    • Case 2: Nazi experiments
    • Case 3: Japanese experiments
    • Case 4: Streptomycin
    • Case 5: Polio vaccine
    • Case 6: Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital
    • Case 7: Willowbrook
    • Case 8: Tuskegee
    • Case 9: HIV research
    • Case 10: Gelsinger case
    • Case 11: Henri Beecher
    • Case 12: Ethics Commission
  • For each case example, determine significant aspects that influenced the development of research ethics. Predict whether a similar case could occur again today and explain why.

Length: 10-12 slides; 100-150 words for notes

References:  Include at least 5 scholarly resources.