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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CRIM 205 - Criminal Justice Ethics

Number of Credits: 3
Explore moral and ethical issues encountered in our criminal justice system throughout history. Examine the consequences of ethical and legal transgressions by criminal justice practitioners. This course is open to Law Enforcement Academy students only. (All Terms) Three hours lecture each week. Three Credits. Three billable hours.

Pre-requisite(s): eligibility for ENGL 101 .
Pre-/Co-requisite(s): Completion of or enrollment in a certified police academy.  This course is not for general credit students.

Course Topics:

Consequences of unethicial decisions.

Attorney / Client relationships.

Ethical sentencing guidelines. 
Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic tenets of select moral theories.  a. Normative ethics b. Utilitarianism c. Hedonistic utilitarianism d. Consequentialism e. Deontology
  2. Identify different areas of ethical concern within criminal justice.  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.  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. Research a course related topic and present the information in a logical and coherent manner. 

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