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CJ 248 Ethics in Criminal Justice • 5 Cr.


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. Same as PHIL 248. Either CJ 248 or PHIL 248 may be taken for credit, not both.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • In a timed classroom situation, students will demonstrate their knowledge and comprehension of the following concepts:
    • Deontological and teleological moral thesis.
    • The interrelationship between the concepts of morality, Justice and duty
    • The various ethical dilemmas that confront criminal Justice practitioners.
    • The relationship between police discretion, law-enforcement decision-making and morality.
  • Utilizing assigned papers of 5-7 pages. Students will demonstrate comprehension of the following.
    • Compare various models of the CJ process with the teleological and Deontological categories of moral thesis.
    • Do self-analyses based on their personal profiles to determine their suitability as a police officer.
  • In a timed classroom situation, students will practice decision-making in situations that challenge their personal and professional values.
  • In designed scenarios, students will demonstrate their ability to manage occupational, often life-shattering situation, in a morally acceptable, legally defensible format.



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