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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 345
Course Title: Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Study of the decision-making process in criminal justice as it relates to discretion, due process, truthfulness, corruption and discrimination. Prerequisite: CJAD 101 and ENGL 111.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: CJAD 101 and ENGL 111.

Course Rotation for Day Program:
No Day Course Rotation
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.

Justice and Ethics
By Braswell, Michael C., Belinda R. McCarthy, & Bernard J. McCarthy. (Anderson Press)
Criminal Justice Ethics
By Leighton, Paul & Jeffrey Reiman (Prentice Hall)
Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice
By Pollock, J. M. (Cengage Learning)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the conflict and distinctions between legal requirements, personal morality and ethical principles and beliefs. 
  2. Articulate the ethical dilemmas faced by professionals in the criminal justice system.
  3. Describe the ethical issues involved with conflicts between government and the individual.
  4. Articulate the distinction between ethical and legal principles.
  5. Explain prominent ethical theories and principles.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Morality, Ethics, and human behavior
  • Justice and the law
  • Due process
  • The individual: discretion and decision making
  • Loyalty/Truth/Corruption
  • Use of force
  • Punishment
  • Discrimination
  • Ethics and law enforcement practices.
  • Ethics and legal practices
  • Ethics and Corrections practices

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: November 29, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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