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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 510
Course Title: Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Examination of topics in the areas of law, legal controls, and ethical issues in the criminal justice field. Areas such as corruption, misconduct, and related issues are discussed.

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.

Ethics in Criminal Justice: In Search of the Truth
By Souryal, Sam (Anderson Publishing)
Justice, Crime and Ethics
By Braswell, Michael C. (Anderson Publishing)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the common legal and ethical issues encountered by professionals in the criminal justice system.
  2. Articulate the moral foundations of criminal guilt.
  3. Explain the framework for analyzing important legal and ethical issues.
  4. Describe the differences between legal and ethical issues.
  5. Articulate the important ethical and legal values and theories related to the criminal justice system. 
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Law and ethics
  • Legal issues in law enforcement
  • Ethical issues in law enforcement
  • Legal issues in the court system
  • Ethical issues in the court system
  • Legal issues in corrections
  • Ethical issues in corrections
  • Reforms

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

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: April 15, 2015
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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