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How the Facebook study became an ethics debate

Facebook’s recent study of the emotional behavior of some of its 1.3 billion users without their knowledge or consent has raised ethical concerns for academic research. When the study’s results were published in a science journal, people raised questions of privacy rights and research ethics.

The Facebook study has stirred up much controversy in terms of ethics. (Credit: Josh Constine)

The Facebook study has stirred up much controversy in terms of ethics. (Credit: Josh Constine)

“This is just the latest in a string of incidents that have raised questions about whether the privacy rights of Facebook’s nearly 1.3 billion users are being trampled by the company’s drive to dissect data and promote behavior that could help sell more online advertising,” reported the Associated Press in “Facebook Faces Inquiry over Psych Experiment: New Feed Content Manipulated for 700,000 Users” published in Daily Herald, July 3, 2014. British, Irish and French regulators are investigating the case to see if any privacy laws were violated. Read more

What you will learn as an international relations major

International relations is an exciting and multidisciplinary field of study. An international relations major—which includes foreign policy study, social science, ethics, psychology, foreign language and finance—equips students with the knowledge to view the world and people of various cultures with compassion, diplomacy and political economy.

A degree in international relations offers many multidisciplinary fields of study. (Credit: IRonline.american.edu)

A degree in international relations offers many multidisciplinary fields of study. (Credit: IRonline.american.edu)

For good research paper topics in international relations, consult academic journals and databases. Here are some ideas for international relations term papers. Read more