Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice
Study of the decision making process in criminal justice as it relates to discretion, due process, truthfulness, corruption and discrimination. Prerequisite: CJAD 101.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered each semester.
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) Recommended
Criminal Justice Ethics
By Leighton, Paul & Jeffrey Reiman (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the conflict and distinctions between legal requirements, personal morality and ethical principles and beliefs.
Articulate the ethical dilemmas faced by professionals in the criminal justice system.
Describe the ethical issues involved with conflicts between government and the individual.
Articulate the distinction between ethical and legal principles.
Explain prominent ethical theories and principles.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Morality, Ethics, and human behavior
Justice and the law
The individual: discretion and decision making
Use of force
Ethics and law enforcement practices.
Ethics and legal practices
Ethics and Corrections practices
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
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.