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2017-18 Catalog 
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CJ 248 - Ethics in Criminal Justice

5 CR

Same as PHIL 248 .
Examines the philosophical, moral, and ethical bases of human behavior from a criminal justice perspective. Students discuss justice, law, and punishment, moral decision-making; and ethical and legal dilemmas in law enforcement. Either CJ 248 or PHIL 248  may be taken for credit, not both.

Course Outcomes
  • Identify and explain major moral theories.
  • Explain the concepts of morality, justice and duty and how these are inter-related.
  • Analyze the various ethical dilemmas that confront Criminal Justice practitioners.
  • Discuss the relationship between police discretion, law-enforcement decision-making and morality.
  • Evaluate the various models of the Criminal Justice process in terms of consequentialist and deontological ethical theories.
  • Do self-analyses based on personal profiles to determine suitability as a police officer.
  • Practice decision-making in situations that challenge their personal and professional values.
  • Suggest ways for individuals interacting with the criminal justice system to manage occupational, often life-shattering situations, in a morally acceptable, legally defensible format.

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