Course Abstract Details

CRIM-205, Criminal Justice Ethics

Credits: 3

Course Description

CRIM-205, Criminal Justice Ethics, will provide the student with a historical perspective of the moral and ethical issues encountered in our criminal justice system and examines the consequences of ethical and legal transgressions by criminal justice practitioners. Topics will include police misconduct, attorney/client relationships, prosecutorial misconduct, and sentencing behavior. Three hours lecture each week. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives  At the conclusion of this course the student will: 

1. Demonstrate an understanding of select moral theories by describing the basic tenets of each theory. (GE2, GE4, GE5, GE7, PG1, PG3, PG4) 

a. Normative ethics 

b. Utilitarianism 

c. Hedonistic utilitarianism 

d. Consequentialism 

e. Deontology 

2. Demonstrate an understanding of different areas of ethical concern within criminal justice. (GE2, GE4, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG3) 

a. Excessive force 

b. Police perjury 

c. Sex on duty 

d. Drinking on duty 

e. Sleeping on duty 

3. Evaluate issues and case studies in criminal justice by applying principles from general ethical theories. (GE1, GE2, GE6, GE7, PG1, PG4) 

a. Miranda v. Arizona- right to remain silent and be represented by an attorney 

b. People v. Jordan ? The ethics of lying to a defendant  

c. Christian burial speech to induce a confession 

4. Demonstrate the ability to research a course related topic and present the information in a logical and coherent manner. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE7, PG1, PG 3, PG4) 


Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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