CJ 153 : Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice

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Ethical Issues in CJ



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This course outlines various ethical systems and applies them to the individual's analysis and evaluation of ethical dilemmas, duties and responsibilities in the field of criminal justice. The students will explore his/her own ethical framework and decision making while learning to integrate the obligations to society and the codes of conduct prescribed by professional criminal justice organizations and agencies. An emphasis will be placed on the ethical and responsible use of discretion, authority and power as endowed by society.

Learning outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of the basic ethical systems of thought. Students will be able to distinguish the terms ethics, values, morality, duty, and virtue.
2. Students will expand their ability to integrate various points of view, expectations, and obligation in their decision-making process. This will include a central focus on seeking ethical, moral, and/or legal outcomes and differentiating between these concepts.
3. Students will exhibit an understanding of police discretion and how the use of that discretion can be positively or negatively impacted by their decision making process.
4. Students will analyze real-world scenarios that confront criminal justice practitioners through the application of ethical systems and professional codes of conduct to changing and dynamic situations.
5. Students will develop an understanding of the disparity in thought and deed in society and the criminal justice system due to the variety of social, cultural, religious, and moral viewpoints of the communities served by the criminal justice system.
6. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior.
7. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.

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  • Social Science

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