Course Abstract Details

PHIL-205, Criminal Justice Ethics

Credits: 3

Course Description

PHIL-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. Prerequisite: CRIM-101. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Also offered as CRIM-205; credit will not be given for both.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:   

1. Demonstrate an understanding of select moral theories by describing the basic tenets of each theory. 

2. Evaluate competing answers to ethical questions such as: 147What is justice?148 147Are moral standards relative?148 147Do moral standards develop through a contract?148 147What is the relationship between law and morality?148 

3. Demonstrate an understanding of different areas of ethical concern within criminal justice such as the use of force and the role of punishment. 

4. Evaluate issues and case studies in criminal justice by applying principles from general ethical theories. 

5. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the general ethical theories applied to case studies and use personal evaluations to substantiate personal positions.

Learning Goals

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

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